I live (recently moved) on a little river in SW Florida that flows or connects into a large river, figuring out the fish movement with tidal flows and spillways has been challenging, but now that I have it down, it has been more than rewarding! I have caught everything from bass to tarpon (And i am not talking the little guys) and all the backcountry saltwater species along with a few fresh water usuals. As most of you know, I fly fish so finding that special fly/color combo was also a must. It ended up being a peach bunny/dear hair slider variant with gold (they can’t say no to this guy)! I obtained a gheenoe when I moved in and it suits my needs perfectly for most of the situations, for it sits in my garage and I can launch it from my back yard with little to no effort. The NOE is a great addition to any anglers line up when need to go backcountry wide and ultra, ultra skinny!! I have also found a way to target ”Sunshine Bass” on fly, which I am currently working on that piece which is going to be a very interesting read! These fish are amazing, they are a cross-breed between a white bass and a striper! The physical charactristics are very close to that of a striper and they range from ~ 5- 12lbs! Stay tuned for the full write up and photos of these trips! Iam also considering shooting a short fly fishing film for these fish for they eat like a big snook and pound for pound fight as hard a jack but have long straight runs into backing like a bone fish!
Last week, I had a good friend with me after work trying his maden luck out on the big snook that have been lurking around lately. It did start a little slow with high winds and a strong opposite tide forcing bait in places that were not natural to the big sand bars creating presentations difficult. Once the tide and wind slowed, my buddy was more than impressed with the power of the river. Non-educated, giant female snook eating even after the first missed hook set (Those are the kind I like!). We ended up with countless numbers but Eric did manage to land 4 big line siders above 34″ and topping the ruler at 38″ with bigger ones lost! Here are the photos from the other day but stay tuned for the Sunshine Bass expedition piece!
BTW: You Gotta love the NOE!!!!
Shake, rattle and shake some more!!
Something cool I saw the other day. See if you can read it. Neat huh?
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As the fall season encroaches the fishing has gotten better and better through out Florida.
On the east coast the fall mullet run is full swing. The bull reds on the gulf coast of Florida and in the south Florida the bone fishing zone stays open longer and longer as the days starts to get shorter on us.
In Tampa, the tides will be low and the water will get quite clear. Tailing redfish and sight fishing opportunity will wide open.
All this being said, I have not had time to do much of it.
Starting to work on Salty Fly 2012 (We now have a title sponsor to be announced next week)
Fishing the IFA Kayak tournament (Caught lots of fish but they just didn’t make the cut at the weigh in)
Filming a full length fishing life style video (TV show style), Almost ready.. I’ll give you guys a teaser here soon.
Shooting and editing lifestyle photos for various boating, fishing, and apparel companies.
Working on social media management company project
And of course perpetually networking within the industry.. leave very little time for fishing personally.
Another cool new product that I will be testing out is the new Shrimp from Yo Zuri. It’s called the Crystal Shrimp. I manage to get my hands on one and will be testing it out very soon. Looks pretty awesome if you ask me.
Don’t bother looking in the stores, it’s not out until November.
Hobie To Crown Kayak Fishing’s First World Champion
Oceanside, California – - Four Hobie Fishing Team members will soon land on Australian shores to represent the U.S. in the first ever Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships presented by Daiwa Australia and hosted by Hobie Australasia. They will be part of an 18-team roster from five countries including the U.S., Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and Australia. The invitation-only international event will be held October 27-30 in Port Macquarie along the New South Wales coast. Participants are chosen from each country based on a combination of skill and passion for Hobie fishing.
“We’ve seen a huge growth in kayak fishing tournaments over the past several years and we’re looking forward to expanding this enthusiasm into international competition,” stated Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat. “We love the idea of embracing a common passion that overrides language and cultural barriers.”
The format pairs international two-person teams in a three day competition on Australia’s beautiful tidal rivers in search of the elusive golden Bream, pound for pound one of Australia’s most challenging game fish. Competitors will compete in identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Anglers propelled by Hobie’s patented MirageDrive system and fitted with Lowrance electronics. Live weigh-ins of the catches will take place on each of the three days of competition and a champion will be crowned based on total weight.
U.S. team challengers include:
Morgan Promnitz – Hobie Fishing Product Manager
Keeton Eoff – Hobie Fishing Marketing Manager
Jackie Smith – Hobie Fishing Team Ambassador
Jose Chavez – Hobie Fishing Team Regional Member
The date and location for the 2012 event will be announced later this winter.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats, and float cats, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories.