I got this footage while down in Panama this last Christmas. I’ve been working on a cool trailer for it. Here’s what I got so far.
Photos from a few weeks ago, opening day of Spring Turkey SW Florida! A great break-up period for the spring/pre-summer fishery to heat up. The early residential poons have been around and willing to play with the fly when the weather allows. Stay tuned for some fresh fishing photos!! I have had little time to process and post! Enjoy. BTW – This trip cost me one of my 9 lives….as you can see from the bottom photo..
New Buff water gloves:
Buff came out with a fishing/outdoor glove last year. The glove is fingerless with UPF 50 sun protection. The palm, wrist and fingers were padded with leather material for durability, traction and extra protection. Though it was well received by most, a few people wanted something lighter.
For 2011 Buff has came out with the “Water Glove”. It too is UPF 50 and fingerless. The material is lighter and gone are the leather padding on the palm and fingers. Buff added tacky rubber material to palm and small amount to the finger section of the glove. There remains a strip of leather on the wrist. This adds durability for when you pull on the gloves when you take it on and off.
The concept for this glove is to be light weight and versatile. It is more of a quick dry, water sport glove. Made for outdoors man like fisherman, kayaking, water skiers etc.
I got my hands on a prototype today and it looks and feel pretty nice. It was comfortable, breathes really well. They tell me it will be finalized this month and should be available here quickly.
- We tried them out on the Dry Tortuga fishing/camping/kayaking trip this month. We were out there for 4 days and 3 nights. so it definitely got some good usage. To me here are the improvements over their previous gloves:
- -No leather = better feel while fishing. Fly fisherman complained about lack of feel on the last glove.
- -No leather = when it gets wet it dries a ton faster.
- Makes handling fish easy and comfortable enough to wear all day and not noticed having them on. The only time I took them off was when I had to use my DSLR.
- Works great while paddling. The glove had a nice grippy feel to them yet was thin and comfy.
- Light weight enough so I could crunch them up and stick it in my pocket.
The other day I was browsing WalMart fishing supplies while I was waiting for my oil to be changed. Some how I managed to blow a bunch of money on fishing gear in the process. One of the items I picked up was 3 crab traps at $25 each. I remember reading that the recreational fisherman was allowed 5 personal blue crab traps. On impulse I snagged these damn traps and figured as much as I am on the water why not take advantage and fish my own crabs. For a trial run until I get out Saturday I dropped the traps off of my mom’s sea wall to get some practice. Low and behold today I had two male blue crabs, awesome. If any of you are interested in blue crabbing (and why not take advantage of it) here is the link. Scroll down to page 10. http://myfwc.com/media/1068044/FINAL.pdf
Also, the month of March was killer if you like sheepshead fishing. I enjoy it because I love eating them. Basically what I would do is jump up on the poling platform and pole a bunch of docks until I would see a few sheepshead. Once I find a few sheepies I would take a few handfulls of cut up shrimp and toss them all around the dock and start casting my freelined shirmp (with 1/0 hook) and then get ready. Another method we were using which is a blast is using what is called a Spec Rig. You can buy them at WalMart. It is basically two jigs hanging off of a leader. We would tip them with shrimp and jig them through the docks. This method is fun to use while trout fishing too.
Next Thursday April 7th, the Fly fishing film tour will be in Tampa. Tickets are $12(from flintcreek & tampa bay on the fly) or $15 at the door.
Tampa Pitcher Show
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Starts: 7:00PM
14416 Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618
This coming Saturday April 2nd, there will be a pre party over at Flintcreek Outfitters Tampa.
13425 Fishhawk Blvd.
Riverview, FL 33569
From 4:30pm to8:00pm
There will have FREE food and Drinks aka Beer.
A huge raffle with stuff from Costa, Buff, Scientific Angler, Cablz, Mountain Khakis and more.
With the raffle all proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the bonefish and tarpon trust.
More information give Max a call at 813 506 7270
Speaking Tarbone.org here is another event by Cheekyflyfishing that will benefit the organization.
I hope all is well and that the Tarpon are jumping down in Tampa Bay. Thanks again for helping to promote Cheeky March Madness. We’re excited to have raised almost $1,000 that will be donated to the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Casting for Recovery and Stripers Forever. We appreciate you and your readers helping to support these great causes, and below is a recap of the tournament thus far.
3,088 votes have been cast, and after two rounds and a week and a half of Cheeky March Madness, we find ourselves entering the Elite Eight with a strong group of usual suspects still in contention.
While the top seeds handled their first round matchups with ease, we saw a handful of nail biters that came down to the wire. Round one included a spectacular upset by the sixth seeded Albies (51%) over Giant Trevally (49%) and a tight battle in which Peacock Bass (51%) took down Cutthroat Tout (49%) by only a handful of votes. In another tightly contested matchup, the fourth seeded Largemouth Bass (54%) prevailed over the number five seeded Landlocked Salmon (46%) in a victory for warm water species around the world.
The Sweet Sixteen pitted a lineup of the top gamefish against one another in matchups that should have been tight. However, an unexpected turn of events left Striped Bass, Sea-Run Browns, Peacock Bass and Marlin (who fell to Tarpon, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, and Bonefish respectively) heading home in the aftermath of double-digit losses. In an epic clash between two of salt water’s top fish, Permit remained unbeaten by taking 61% of the vote against Redfish.
The excitement builds as we enter the Elite Eight. With the leaderboard tight (http://www.cheekyflyfishing.com/news) and matchups as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, anyone with fish still in the tournament has a chance at the Championship. Elite Eight Matchups include:
Tarpon vs. Roosterfish
Atlantic Salmon vs. Rainbow Trout
Steelhead vs. Brown Trout
Permit vs. Bonefish
Visit http://www.cheekyflyfishing.com/news to vote on these Elite Eight Matchups.
For complete results, please see the attached bracket. Feel free to share the results thus far as well as any commentary/predictions on the upcoming Elite Eight with your readers.
If you’re in a tournament mood, there’s one down in EG Simmons park. April 1st and 2nd.
While attending the IGFA banquet this past Saturday I met a gentleman by the name of Steve Wozniak. No, not the guy who owns a big chunk of Apple computer. Though that would have been pretty cool. This Steve Wozniak as the distinction of catching over 1,000 species on hook and line.
Steve tells me he works for a software compliance company. He never knows where he is going to be in the world at any given week. He tells me after the work has been done he stays a couple extra day to get some fishing in before he has to leave. Very cool job, at least this is what it appears like anyways.
Steve chronicles his travels and adventures on his blog.
IGFA time lapse note: The two angles were shot using 2 cameras, a goprohd and a drift hd170. The pan and zoom was done using Sony Vegas 10 in post. Time lapse was done with Quicktime Pro
- GoPro HD Naked HERO Camera
- Drift HD170 HD-170 HD Stealth Action Camera With LCD and Wireless Remote Bundle
- Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Suite
- Apple QuickTime 7 Pro for Windows
Gone are the days of wearing jackets, jeans, and hoodies…hopefully. Gone are the days of sitting in a creek in the Everglades to catch 50 undersized redfish…hopefully. And gone are the arctic blasts that keep our warm weather fish from being happy…hopefully.
It is really starting to feel like the warmer weather starting to set in. My 2 favorite species to target on a fly rod are starting to find this favorable and fishing has certainly been pretty good when the stars lined up. As the warmth really starts to settle in, the sight of dark water will soon be replaced by bright torquise hues, green backed figures, and spiked up fins. The early season stuff is fun, but I can’t wait to get to the meat and potatoes.
Speaking of warm weather… I got a couple of technical fishing shirts from Howler Bro.’s the other day and have been wearing them during these warm days on the water. I can honestly say that I have found the most comfortable fishing shirt on the market that I’ve worn so far. The unmistakable monkey brand is definitely cool and made unique from everything else on the market. These are definitely premium clothes, that are comfortable to wear, and make a statement about the fly fishing and surfing lifestyle. Check it out… www.howlerbros.com
Even though I only had a few hours of sleep after getting back from the IGFA banquet last night(8 hours round trip) I wanted to go fishing today. Captain Brett Norris tells me he has been on some big ones. I got a 28″ one yesterday that he won a local tournament with. West coast big trout are usually tough to come by so I wanted to get out there at least for a few hours to try my luck.
I was glad that 10am was the meeting time for the right tide.
We manage to get on the trout for a bit but the monster did not show today. If they were in fact there, the dirty water from the 20mph winds definitely did not help our cause today. All was not lost however, we did get a couple nice trout for our efforts. The gator will have to wait for another day.
Brett tells me we need to come back next week when the conditions and tide will be a bit better.
This year’s Worldangling submission is their permit video named “Satori” which means “is a Japanese Buddhist term for enlightenment that literally means “understanding”.
I was down at the IGFA for the world record banquet and I got to watch a couple of the f3t. I only had a chance to watch 3 of films. Satori was definitely the best out of the three.
Here is the trailer.