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Miami boat show 2013

The next few days I will be at the Miami Boat show which starts today and ends Sunday.

Hopefully to find some cool and interesting gadgets and toys.

Will be updated live as I get to come cool stuff.

I’m suppose to go by :
Kscott booth
Yamaha got some new stuff
Saw an invincible with 3, 557hp motor on it just now.




My media kit


A $13 dollars IPhoine, Droid usb charger that can charge your device 4 ways.

As you guys know, at times I do quite a bit of traveling. One of the things I always need and at times forget to bring, is a travel charger.

Since me and everyone else is constantly on their phone these days the battery do not last very long. It always run out and I find myself disconnected and going through withdraws lol.

All joking aside, for the $13 this item is tough to beat.

It is not the most powerful usb charger out there so it will not charge an IPAD or bigger tablets. What it does do is have 2 usb output, allows you to use the wall, 2 AA batteries, 9 V battery and cigarette lighter.

Here’s the Amazon link if you find your self needing a charge while home or traveling.

$13.00 USB travel charger from Amazon

End of year fishing in Englewood and river fishing December 2012

Some fun fishing withe friends: All photos taken by the Nikon AW100 point and shoot.

The last couple days I had the chance to get out with some friends.

Saturday I drove down to Englewood Fl to fish with Courtney and Adam. Our first area we were met with some red tide which was evident by the dead mullet floating by.

Adam made a run south and we found some redfish and a couple of nice trout. We called it a day around lunch time.



Lures used in Englewood pot hole fishing we found work:

1/4 oz jig heads in gold rush cals, also Bass assassin swin tail ike you see above ^

Sebile stick shad (the smaller ones)DSCN1518-Edit

Saturday with the front looming, 15-20 mph winds Lauren and I decided to put on our rain jacket and fish the river. The river hasn’t been great but at least we can stay out of the nasty winds that day.

Using jigs and small plugs we manage a snook, a couple jacks and a surprise tarpon before packing it in around lunch time.

The bite wasn’t fantastic but I’m glad we got some fishing in. Lauren will be moving to the keys soon so I’ll be visiting her there.. yaaaay for free room and board in the keys. lol



Lures we used today and found success…

Mirror Glass

Mirrodine Mini

Logic lure

One thing in common about these lures was the color.. Black back with gold tones.. the larger lures wasn’t really working today.

The paper clip looking thing you see in the photos is a little gadget called Tactical Angler Clip. It allows me to change lures in 5 seconds. Also it saves me from retying all the time which can get quite annoying. As you can see the fish does not mind at all.

Many shops do not carry them so we started to carry them in the Saltyshores store. $5.95 for 10 clips. If you don’t loose via break offs, it will out last your lure.



Where I came from at 226 lb and 5′ 7″

I made this video yesterday of my first vlog when I decided to get fit. At 5′ 7″ weighing in at 226 lbs it was not a pretty sight.It is quite and embarrassing video and honestly I hesitate to even post this. Since I’ve had a few messages asking how I got more fit I decided to post it to show people where I started from.

If you guys are like me, when a fit 20 something year old person tells me how to get fit I immediately think, “sure sure, you are in your 20’s, I was fit too back then.”

If you are one of those person that are interested in the journey, go to my:

The fitness blog where I will document how I got here from there.

Fishing and Fitness goals, 2012

I can remember the exact date. December 27th 2011, I looked in the mirror and had to tell myself the cold brutal truth.  I was overweight, not feeling good and my quality of life just was not what I wanted it to be.
Sam Root Fitness
There are many things in one’s life that a person cannot control. For most people, being overweight and living a poor quality of life just is not one.  If you truly think about it, if you are sick, no amount of money, toys, can make you physically feel any better. Your health, at the end of the day is the only thing that truly matters.

“And all your money won’t another minute buy..” –Kansas

This was the thought that came to mind that faithful December day.  I had taken some friends fishing for a couple days. We did inshore fairly easy fishing. No long runs, no bad weather and the next day, I had to take several Ibuprofen just so I could function.  I thought to myself, I did not want to live the rest of my life depending on Ibuprofen just so I could get through the day.

No longer in my 20’s I knew this was not going to be an easy road. But I also knew it is quite possible to achieve.  I wanted to achieve this the all-natural way, living right.

Now that the goal was set, it was time to figure how to get there.  Like most people who have battle weight issues, I was no stranger to diets.  I have tried many and many of them did work quite well.  However, they were not sustainable at least not for me. Once I went back to my old habit, the weight quickly returned.

Low carb, low calories, low fat, HCG hormones, cabbage, salads, none of these were sustainable for me. I started to do research via youtube and came across a video of a guy name Shay Carl. I remember a video of him in Jan 2011, he was 300lbs starting a weight lost program. The title of the current video said “I lost 100lbs!”  I saw the thumbnail and quickly clicked on it. It wasn’t a work out video it was him talking about the mentality of it all.

In one of his videos, he explained it this way, “I looked at what fat people did and l looked at what fit people did. I was doing the exact same thing the fat person was doing, there for I was fat.”  Somehow this simple concept made a lot of sense to me. I looked at the way I live and sure enough I was doing what a fat person does and the result was, I was fat.

I go fishing, I eat fried foods, I shoot photos, I sit in front of the computer for hours and I would eat whatever tasted good to me.  None of these activities equate to what a fit person does.  A fit person would have a routine of some type of exercise; they would watch what they ate and indulge sparingly.

It was quite simple, If I wanted to feel better and sustain it, I had to start living like a fit person.  The goal was also not to be one of those crazy fit person who ends up having zero life.  After all, what good is being fit when you are locked up in the house/gym all the time?

My intentions were not only did I want to lose the pounds naturally, I also wanted to look fit. I mean, Jared from the Subways commercial lost a bunch of weight, but he did not look fit to me.  I wanted to look like the guy it the Solo Flex commercial. I did not want to look like a marathon runner; I wanted to look like a sprinter.

Before I go any further I want to say that I took the time to write this entry not to brag about myself. I write this in hopes of empowering and helping people to reach their fitness goals, the same way Shay Carl motivated me.  Hopefully I can help some people out there that might need that little push.

In my 40’s, in December 2011, I was 5’ 7” 226lbs. 38-40inch waist and wearing an XL shirt. By any standards I was obese at best.  Waking up with back pains, out of breath when walking up stairs, terrible sleep and to top it all off had really bad dandruff.

After getting into my routine, within a couple weeks, my skin started to clear up. Within a month, I was starting to feel better and wanted to work out.  Within in 3 months I had dropped over 20lbs and the clothes were getting baggy on me.

As I type this, December 25th 2012 almost one year later, I am 190lbs 32”-34” waist and wearing a Large or Medium shirts.  I just wanted to add that the journey does not end. This is not a diet, this is the way I will try to live.

I know this is a fishing/lifestyle blog so I will stop here. If people are more interested in my fitness journey I will post details, food choices, exercise, supplements and routine. Give me feedback and I will be happy to help.

I wanted to end this entry with one of my favorite quote from an old movie that has kept me going.

“That every passing minute is a another chance to turn it all around.” –Vanilla sky(2001)

For the fitness blog


Lost Dog found in the Ruskin area 12/24/2012, Lost Lab

So I was driving to get get some photos today and came to stop sign with dog sitting there. He looked totally lost and was pretty much in the middle of the street. I stopped and see if he would run away and he did not. He kept looking around like he was looking for some body.

At this point I figure he was lost and gave me some beef jerky I had in the truck. Walking away at this point would have been tough so I open the back the truck and made a gesture and hopped right in like he was use to it.

Now I have a lost dog on my hands. Here is the flyer if anyone in the Apollobeach, Rusking area is looking for a dog. He was found near the EG Simmon’s park area.





Cayo SUP review, fishing specific stand up paddle board.

I posted some information about a local company building a fishing specific standup paddle board last week here on Saltyshores and Facebook. It got some pretty big interest from the local fishing community interested in the vessel.

Cayo’s Facebook Page


As many of you know, I do not like talking about products from reading press release. This last Friday though it was blowing 25mph and cold I wanted to take some photos and take the boat for paddle. The original plan was to actually fish for a couple hours but that wasn’t going to happen with the conditions we had.

Cayo SUP and Boatworks is based out of Pinellas Park Florida. Though they have plans for building other models the current one is a 13′ fishing specific sup. When I say fishing specific I do not mean a sup that some one stick a rod holder on and call it their “fishing model”. This is a new mold design from the group up to fish out of.

Some of the features that makes this a fishing sup. The boat is built with wide and stable. It is stable enough where you will feel comfortable fly fishing from. It has built in toe rails to keep fly line and any gear you might have laying around on the deck of the sup. Many sup out there has a rounded deck. This is great for shedding water but if you’re fishing anything you have laying will eventually roll off the board especially in not so calm waters.

The toe rail goes pretty much all the way back of the board. The back then opens up allow for water to drain away. At the ends and one slot in the middle, the boards has carrying handles. Speaking of carrying, at about 45lbs one person can carry the sup.

The front of the boat has a sharp boat like v entry. This cuts through waves and allows it to be quiet as possible when on the skinny water. Many of the current sup are a surf board like entry which can be very noisy. In the surf industry it doesn’t matter but when in skinny water approaching spooky fish it definitely matters.

The bottom of the board has 2 strakes in the back to help the sup paddling straight. There is also an optional keel system in the back as well if you need it.

The sup is hand laid fiber glass and comes in a multitude of colors and configurations. You can pick the deck one color and the hull another, just like you can a skiff.


The based model is price at about $1300 which is quite competitive for semi-custom board, especially ones handmade right here in the USA.

If you are into fishing out of SUP it’s definitely worth a look into especially if you are in the Tampa area.





Here is the more subjective opinion stuff:

Fish ability and stability is excellent for a stand up paddle board. Weight at about 45lb is good but I would like to see it lighter. They tell me a Kevlar one is in the works.

Priced at $1300 for custom sup board is great. Fit and finish is average to good, but considering the price point it is not bad at all. It is better than some skiffs I’ve been on.

Salty Fly 2013 promotional video, end of the world theme.

The salty fly 2013 tournament sold out in under one hour. Spanning 3 days and over 150 anglers, this is the largest Saltwater fly fishing event in the world. Here is the video I manage to put together for the up coming event.

More information to come join the party and the fun at:

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