Got in the new Daiwa Saltiga 8000HDF the Black US version. This reel is magsealed with 66lbs of max drag. For a spinning reel that is quite amazing.
Weight: 30.0 oz
Gear Ratio: 5.7:1 … the DF is 4.3:1
Line per Crank: 56.7″
Capacity: 80lb/600 yards, 100lb test /480 yards
Max Drag: 66.0 lbs
Retail Price: $1099.00
Flats Retro in Black and White
Here’s some images of shallow water marine fishing in the “simplicity” of black and white. The anglers, captains, lodges, and destinations are diverse: Captains Ricky Sawyer (Abaco, Bahamas), Jason Sullivan (Flamingo, Florida), Benny Blanco (Flamingo), Ralph Allen (Punta Gorda, Florida), Bob Branham (Biscayne Bay, Florida), Carl Ball (Biscayne Bay), Kyle Messier(Crystal River, Florida), Greg Dini (Hopedale, La.), Emir Marin (Ambergris Caye, Belize), Matt Hoover (Goodland, Florida), and Rob Munoz (Biscayne Bay). My friend Alan Williams is in the shot with Jason and the snook. The lodges and outfitters involved in some of these images are Cajun Fishing Adventures (Buras, La.), El Pescador Lodge (Ambergris Caye, Belize) and KingFisher Fleet (Punta Gorda).
Fishing in the amazon, is always good fishing in this region because we are in contact with the forest
and a beauty that not see every day. The Amazonian peacock bass is a very strong fish and makes you test your fishing rods to the extreme!
This season has been a difficult season, but still took some good examples!
Hope you enjoy! Thanks to all!
March 3rd 2015
Today I took the early drive to meet up with Mike Sims to shoot some photos of Osceola Turkey. Armed with only my camera and my Walmart camo.. we walked into Mike’s favorite turkey spot and settled in before the sun came up.
Besides getting the gear ready all I had was time on my hand. Now it was time to wait and wait and wait until they started to show up.
Though I did not see any gobblers today we saw plenty of jakes walking about. First one showed up, then a about 10 minutes pass a flock of them showed up. It was quite exciting.
I must say I kind of like being on the ground and not having to worry about my camera getting saltwater all over them. I think I will be shopping for some better camo very soon and try this again. Hope to get some gobblers in the lens next time.
In Praise of Peacocks
It would take hundreds of pages to review the stupendous success of peacock bass in South Florida-both it’s introduction and proliferation. The excellence of the fishery in the Sunshine State is such that it is no longer essential to travel to the Amazon to enjoy a truly viable fishery for this colorful battler. While South America boasts the largest specimens, Florida offers vast populations of good-sized fish that will challenge any flyfisher or light tackler. The following images were taken on trips with Captain Butch Moser of Delray Beach and land guide Hai Truong of Miami. Also pictured are Gus Montoya and the late Captain Ken Collette.
Today I decided to head out and do a little scouting my home waters of Tampa Bay.. ….. We just had a nice front came in with temperature in the 30’s. This might not seem too cold for many up north but for Tampa it is pretty darn cold especially for species like Snook.
I launched the boat at Bishop’s Harbor and did some fishing out front. It was somewhat dead, not a lot of bait around. All of the sudden we see a gigantic push coming out way. Some large dolphin were chasing a school of fish. We cast and cast in front and into the school but they wanted nothing to do with us. As they pass I realized they were school of a big 10 to 15lb jacks! I would have loved to get one but they were in no mood.
We moved to the back country started to spook redfish in pot holes…. this was no different than the jacks.. these fish even when we waded to them were very spooky and wanted nothing.
After being rejected again we moved even further back as the tide comes in. This time we find snook, big ones….. yup you guessed it.. again they wanted nothing. The water temperature must have been way too cold.
We decided to head in and we saw some bonnet head sharks on the sand flats. We didn’t have any bait and usually these things don’t eat artificial. I then remember I had some Savage gear crab and shrimp .. these things are 3D scanned and they look very very life like.
After learning to cast and do the proper presentation the sharks were totally fooled by these lures. We had lots of opportunity and landed 4 of the sharks sight fished on artificial which was very fun.
The key is be right in front of them about 2 to 3 feet. Once they see it fall they go crazy looking for it. These crabs have excellent action. I can’t wait to try the 1″ Manic Crab on a permit!