“Back Yard Basics”

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!!!!

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Organized Chaos
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Shake, rattle and shake some more!!

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