Since the Calendar shoot I have fallen sick with a flu, so it’s been a slow annoying recovery this last week.
That did not stop me from heading out on the water last week during the tropical storm Andrea. Not to fish by to test some products and get some on the water photos with guys from Power Pole.
It wasn’t pretty as you can imaging with sustain winds of 25mph and gust of 40. Of course the rain and squalls coming by wasn’t pretty either.
I shot some stills while Dan shot this video of the nasty conditions that day. The video was shot with Sony Nex-5 using an Aqua pac waterproof camera bag.
Some of you may or may not have Instagram so posted some better resolution photos here of some recent post.
Permit release in the Keys.
Flamingo Chilling on a glass calm day
Keys looking for cruising permit.
Poling on Glass.
Tarpon fly with Capt. Colby Hane in Sarasota Flordai
Tarpon on permit gear with Capt. Joel Tomlinson.
The last shoot for the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar has been completed. Now it is time to sort through all the photos. The editors will be picking the ones they would like to have in the Calendar.
The calendar will be available in a couple months and I will post it here for you guys to check out.
Meanwhile here are some of the fun behind the scened images from the last couple shoots.
We’ve been having some fun with it all. Everyone on Facebook and Instagram was enjoying the douchey quotes I was posting.
“What are you crying about now? It’s not “THAT” heavy!”
“Please Please.. the shoot is over! Go home now. Do not make me call security!”
This entire week will be dedicated to getting images to complete the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar.
I have been averaging 4-5 hours of sleep between the shoot, preparing for it and getting other things in my life still functioning.
The weather has been great this week so the photos has been coming out awesome so far.
Here are some candid shots of the shoot. I can not post the actual fish images as they will appear in the Calendar in a couple months.
As a side not, Every time I post a photo I get comments like “you live the life..Sam Root!”. I decided to have a little fun with it.
I’ve been updating my Instagram and FB with over the top images with very douchey quotes.. and people seem to love it.
Here are a couple of them, enjoy.
“If I have to tell you ONE more time!!!”
“Another grueling day .. on the water… damn the coffee was cold!”
“Excuse me!! I’m busy… damn models.. ZERO manners..”
Weekend Round up, Tarpon from the boat, Tarpon from the Kayak, More Florida Sportsman Calendar Shoot.
After a day much needed rest and catching up on sleep the last two day was a a continuation of hectics scheduling.
Saturday I was up at 3am to make the drive down to Boca Grande. I was hired to shoot some action team photos for Team Reactor Watch. I was suppose to be there by 6am so I had to be driving by 4am.
The bite in the pass wasn’t great and the fish they hooked was eventually lost to shark. Sad but this time of year the big sharks in Boca are ravenous.
By noon I was back at the ramp as I had to be home to get cleaned up rest and off to another gig. This next gig was for a fellow fisherman Thomas Cope. He wanted to me to take reception event photos in Ozona Florida another 3 hours away in the “opposite direction” of Boca. After food and rest I was there by 6pm.
By 10am I was driving home and needed to be asleep. The next morning is another 3am wake up call. I had to load they Kayak and gear which took extra time. This trip was to fish for Tarpon in Kayak. The drive took me 1:30 minutes we were launching as the sun was coming up.
Though the conditions were slick calm, there were not much fish to be seen. Actually we saw nothing until almost 10am. The appeared but were not eating anything we had. The threadfins were thick and we even had crabs. They wanted nothing to do with it. We were done by 1pm… hungry and thirsty.
by 2pm on the drive back I was almost falling asleep on the wheel…it’s starting to catch up to me. As I type this, the alarm is set to 4am.. I have to get to sleep soon so I can get more than 4 hours of sleep tonight!
ps. More Florida Sportsman Calendar Shoot photos coming up soon. (you are welcome)
As you know I have been running the G.Loomis owner’s tournament series. There has been three of them so that has kept me pretty busy every weekend.
But what you don’t know (some might have guess) that I”m also shooting the 2014 Florida Sportsman Calendar. Normally this isn’t an issue. However what is an issue is the time frame. The shoot is due next week so I have been burning the candles getting all this to fit.
True to the Saltyshores style, I do not shoot fish that has been in the cooler. This makes it tough but having freshly caught fish equals much better quality images.
The coordination of time, people, fish, locations, weather has not been the easiest to deal with. We are getting it down however and it is looking very promising.
Hustling and hustling to get these things done has been the agenda the last two weeks. This allows for little time to do reviews, videos or even fish myself.
But not to neglect you guys any longer here are some images from the shoots.
I promise though, this will be the best Florida Sportsman Calendar ever
22 Anglers checked into the Gandy Boat ramp in Tampa, Florida at 6am. The picked up their id chip and were off to fish about 6:45 am.
The all artificial lure event targeted species for the photo release event was snook, redfish and trout. The teams are allow to use their top fish of each species.
At 3:30 pm they came back for the official weigh in at the
The weigh in location was sponsored by Hopkins Carter Marine and tackle supply.
West Shore Yacht Club
First place finish:
Goes to the solo team of Kasey Arrowsmith fishing out of Hobie Kayak to take the win at the Tampa stop with a 72 3/4″ Slam.(solo kayak)
2nd Place team was won by Charles Statham and Rodney Nelson with a 69″ Slam (kayak team)
3rd Place team was team Snatch Master Made up of Mike Manning andJoseph Mann with 68 1/2″ slam
Raffles were given out for G.Loomis Schwag after the weigh in.
The next free entry G.Loomis tournament will be in Punta Gorda Florida on May 11 th, a Saturday.
If you are interested in joining please sign up here. The entry is free as long as you are a G.Loomis rod owner.
First place: Kasey Arrowsmith
2nd place: Chuck Statham and Rodney Nelson
3rd Place: Mike Manning and Joseph Mann
Calcutta was team Breathe Like a fish once again for uploading the most photo to the facebook page.
Some of you that follow me on Instagram know I do a female Friday photo. The concept is nothing new, basically girls with fish on Fridays.
The only difference is instead of stealing lame photos off the internet and posting them I shoot them myself. That’s how we roll here on Saltyshores.
Lately I have been running out of photos from the archives so I have been “forced” to fish with females to create content for you guys. See the sacrifices I make for you?
Here are a few photos from the shoot if you have missed them.
One more thing: You guys have a great weekend!
I’m off to run the G.Loomis Owner’s spin tournament in Tampa tomorrow. I will see some of you guys there.
Kelsey and Jen
This is not fishing related but it’s definitely photography related so I figure I would share with you guys.
Yesterday I had a chance to work with physique class competitor Britney. She is 10 days away from her competition and is at about 10% bodyfat.
Much respect for her dedication. Besides training almost daily she gave up a lot of social life as well as being forced to eating plain chicken and broccoli for almost every meal for like a few months.
Since this was my first studio physique shoot I did a little research. The key is to have a dark to black background that is not lit. Lighting was to be from the sides to create higher contrast of the muscles. The only thing I did not have a was hair(over head) lighting.
Britney is very athletic and did a great job with the poses.
Here are a few of shots I got from the two hour shoot.
I don’t know about you, but when I go fishing early in the morning I like to drink some coffee to kick my brain a bit. Unless it’s a very long commute I bring it on the boat/kayak with me. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee on the water.
Nine out of ten times however, I end up spilling it all over the boat. This sort of things is quite annoying.
Buying a cup holder would work but I wanted something I could take with me. I fish from my boat, other people’s boat, stand up paddle board and kayaks. I wanted a solution that will work for them all. A cup holder, besides being limited to a one size mug, most cannot be removed and used on other vessels.
The last few months I have been on hunt to find the perfect coffee mug for boating. What I needed was wide based non skid bottom mug with insulation that holds hot liquid for a few hours.
A couple days ago I believe my search has come to an end. I have found a spilled proof, double lid, 22 oz, double insulated stainless steel, wide base silicone covered bottom coffee mug. My dreams come true! I quickly press the buy now button.
I tested yesterday out on the water. During a shoot, I drank sparingly testing the how long it held the heat. The java was bought at 8:30 am as I drove to the shoot location. I drank some along the way and at 2 pm it was still hot. The air temperature was in the 60′s and by 6 pm it was still warm! I was sold.
The double spill proof lid works as predicted and at 22 ounce capacity it is plenty for coffee. The wide base held the mug during normal idles and short runs no problem. This will work perfect for all the vessels I will be fishing out of as well as the dash of the truck too.
The cheapest I found was $18.00 dollars off amazon.com it’s worth every penny.