ICAST is the largest dealer fishing show in the US. Last year it was held in Las Vegas and this year it will be in Orlando Florida. It is a dealer and industry people on show. This is the reason it is held on weekdays July 15th to the 18th.
The 15th is for media and buyers to look for the latest greatest int the “new product showcase”. Media then get to vote on what they think it’s the best new product in each category.
Look for live update on the Saltyshores Facebook pages as I post up live update starting at about 5:30pm eastern time.
The past two weeks I have been getting things ready to attend ICAST in Orlando. This leaves very little time to get out fishing.
While cruising my Facebook feed I saw Spencer Goodwin posted a clip of some very cool group of tailing redfish. Spencer kayak guides out of Tampa Bay so he is out quite often. He tells me the next time he gets on them he would give me shout.
A few days goes by my phone rang. It is Spencer, he tells me the storm is about to hit us but they are tailing really well right now. I had my gear in the truck already so I said “Ok, let me load the kayak and I will be right there!”.
It was a tailing scenario and I had to drag the kayak over dry land at a few points so I decided to load the Hobie Revolution vs the Pro Angler. This was a wise choice as it was bone dry out on the flats.
Forty five minutes later and I was on the water and hustling to get the spot before it got too dark. Spencer had already caught a couple and was satisfied with just keeping an eye on them until I got there with the camera.
With the low tide, once I got there it did not take too long to find them. I got a few shots with them tailing as Spencer cast to them. At this point even though I brought a rod I was satisfied with just taking photos of these guys digging in the grass and feeding as their tail wave in the air.
As the sun starts to sets we slowly headed to the ramp. The activity of the redfish escalated to something I have always wanted to see. They started to tail along side the sting rays. I sat there and took photos until there was zero light left.
I got home and downloaded the card and it turned out to be my best tailing redfish photos in Tampa Bay.
Thanks to Spencer Goodwin of Tampa Bay Kayak Charters, I get to share these videos and photos with you guys.
With the summer months beginning to reach their peek, the fishing is just getting better, and the only thing that can come to mind is getting on the water. With the weather not acting up as much, South Florida is finally beginning to see the proper weather conditions to get out and do what we love. Being that Im a kayak fisherman, theres only so many miles I can cover before I run out of water with the low tides in what I like to call my backyard, Everglades National Park, AKA Flamingo. Very short paddles from the launch can very much so lead to some pretty good successful fishing trips.
As I begin to look for the future forecasts for the upcoming days, I see that the weather conditions were just right. It was a slow week at work for me so I had many opportunities to fish. It was the holiday weekend of the 4th of July so my girlfriend Yissel Gonzalez was off as well and joined me for the adventure. I woke up to a dark, clear, star filled sky with the palm trees as still as can be. The lake in front of my house was like a glass with the lights of the houses reflecting off the surface of the water. “Now thats what Im talking about” is what ran through my mind when I stepped outside. We load up and now we’re on our way. We arrive at the launch, quickly unload and take off as the mosquitos attacked us in swarms. Mother Nature had a beautiful sight awaiting us as we arrived to Christian Point, a breath taking sunrise.
We started to make our way out towards Snakebight and we quickly saw some action. My girlfriend Yissel has never caught a Redfish and we were determined to get her one today as her last trip on the kayaks to Flamingo wasn’t a successful one. We were rigged with up with 3″ shrimp from DOA Fishing Lures, hers in the 426 Rootbeer Holographic Glitter and mines in the 368 Clear Red Glitter. It wasn’t long before I turn around and look over to see her G Loomis Greenwater bent over and her 3000 Stradic FJ screaming drag. Her first Redfish ever. Sight casted and all. She lands it and its a sweet one. 25 1/2 inches 6lb Red. Not bad for a first.
The sun began to get higher in the sky so I switched her over to something more clear like the 382 Clear Holographic Glitter DOA Shrimp. Moments later, she beats her first Redfish with a 26 1/2 8lb chunky Redfish. This one was a fatty!
If I say that she was excited, I think that would actually be an understatement with the amount of joy that was running through her body. I can say say that we succeeded in our trip. She also had a few with a sour tooth that just didn’t want to hold on to the bait. It was also very much an accomplishment due to the fact that these tailing Redfish were spooky as can be to the point that they will literally dart towards your bait to eat it and turn right before and spook off. Yes, we know, very frustrating. I managed to pick off a couple fish myself but I was really focused on getting some pretty cool pics of some tailing Reds. I didn’t get any that particular day because I was trying to catch fish but I managed to get these shots a couple days before when I linked up with my teammate SuperDuper Jason. That day was a little slow for the both of us as we didn’t catch too many fish. I think he went home with dinner for the night and I picked off one or two fish. Fishing with him is always a plus as him and I have the same mentality, get out there and get on em! He’s been doing really good prior trips as he gets multiple slams on multiple days wearing his lucky Snook Medallion. AWE SON!!!!!
Over all, the trip was as great as can be. We got to see a lot of cool things and my girlfriend got to witness a little more of what goes on in Everglades National Park. From tailing Reds scattered all over the place, to paddling way into Snakebight to see massive schools of moving Reds. To witnessing her get on her first Redfish and watching it swim away to be caught another day! I say it was a good day for sure. It was pretty dam hot out there but we were ok as we wearing our matching Breathe Like a Fish performance apparel shirts and our Tailin Toads Gloves. These gloves are one of a kind and have so many advantages to fisherman from protection from the sun to having full functions of your hands with no individual fingers, fully accessible! Check it out! I hope you enjoyed it as much as her and I did. Sorry for the lengthiness, had to get it off my chest on how great it was! Tight lines….Oh yea can’t leave without showing off a pic with one of catches lololol
Took the DSLR out last night via Kayak and got on some tailing redfish in the low tide. As usual these Tampa Tailing reds were super spooky and did not let me get close enough for a good cast.
I decided instead to take some tailing photos in the sunset.
Nikon D3 using the 70-200mm 2.8
When walking the flats of Long Island Bahamas on a recent trip it started to rain and the winds died. This started the bonefish tailing in the slick calm waters.
Instead of casting I decided to get out the video camera. I followed this single tailer all the way into ankle deep water and got as close as 10′ away.
Boat Stopper en route to the Lower Laguna Madre, a unique hypersaline lagoon that offers excellent sight fishing for redfish and trophy trout at the Southern tip of Texas. Fifty-Five miles long by six miles wide, almost the entire Lower Laguna Madre is less than 3 feet deep and is uniquely clear compared to the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast. Three most suitable ports of entry are South Padre Island, Arroyo City, and Port Mansfield. The rest of the Laguna is bordered by the massive King Ranch, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and Padre Island National Seashore. As a fishery, the Lower Laguna Madre has two distinct areas, east and west sides. West side bays are covered in black mangroves, shoal and turtle grass meadows. Running through the middle is the intracoastal waterway. East side flats are hard packed sand flats. Similar to Mosquito Lagoon, we experience a tide delay that is directly related to distance from one of two gulf passes and is also greatly influenced by the wind.
Texas’ Lower Laguna Madre is split between an east and west side. East side flats are composed primarily of sand which make for some fantastic wading for redfish and very large speckled trout. Perfect for wading barefoot, tough on props.
When clouds and wind cooperate, fish can be spotted several fly lines away. When cruising, as pictured above, they appear more like pink bonefish than redfish.
Slicked out afternoon somewhere on the Laguna
Quality west side fish caught by Chuck from California. West side flats are covered in seagrass meadows and flanked by mangrove shorelines.
Jay from Colorado with a nice fish from a west side shoreline
Oversized redfish on an obnoxious popper
Surprise trout that was mixed in with a pod of redfish
Very large speckled trout are a common sight laid up in grassy potholes in super shallow water. Extremely camouflaged on a grassy bottom, these fish are the most challenging species commonly found in the Laguna. Here is Carlton with his personal best trout, second on the fly this day. This fish’s mistake was that she left half of her tail sticking out of the water while laid up along a west side shoreline.
-Capt Ben Paschal