Me, my brother and friends ventured out of Port Canaveral in the 22′ Pathfinder TE this past weekend. Conditions were sloppy but that didn’t stop the fish 80ft below from biting. We used nothing but D.O.A. Swimmin’ Mullet to jig the bottom and caught multiple species including Flounder, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Sea Bass, Trigger fish, Grouper, Cobia, and Toad fish this day.
-Capt. Willy Le
A day in the life of the 50/50 crew. Cape Canaveral, FL.
All shot with the GoPro HD
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Chapter IV… Refined…
We approach the final stages of the construction process of my new Maverick Mirage. The hull and cap were popped from the molds, the cap was then fused to the hull, seadeck installed, and now the final details are being worked on. The hatches were installed, console wired, Yammadog hung on the rear, and little details refined. These photos depict the final stage before the installation of the poling platform. I await several other accessories such as the casting platform, prop, and GPS to bring my Mirage closer to completion.
The wait is near an end and the fun has almost just begun.
Stay tuned for the next chapter… Pre-Absolute!!!
If you were on the Saltyshores newsletter you saw this video last week. Here is the video of the 40lb Cobia caught by Lauren and Nick Winger last month. It’s a fun little video shot on my Kodak Playsport Vlog style while I was driving the boat.
My buddy Dave Teper (www.worldangling.com) had rented a house in the lower Keys for the month of July so Jeremy and I decided to take his 18 HPX-V down to Key West this last weekend for a couple of days of fishing. Fishing was good, food was great, and the good times had were second to none. Thanks, Dave for the invitation.
Jeremy, David McCleaf, and I decided to make a game plan covering all the different types of fishing that Key West had to offer. The crystal clear waters were teaming with life and the many types of fishing that could be had in one day were too good to pass up. There was bait everywhere, lots of clear water, and the remnants of lobster hunters stayed well away from where we planned on fishing (except for that one tool bag in a big catamaran who decided it was a good idea to get in front of us and motor up to every tarpon that swam towards us). The versatility of the Maverick 18 HPX-V allowed us to cover everything from the shallowest inshore flats where permit and bonefish tailed to the wrecks and reefs in the deeper waters. Making the crossing through Northwest Channel, Lakes Passage, and Boca Grande Channel to the Marquesas had never been this comfortable. We kicked off the first hour of fishing with our first small permit and proceded to mix things up from there. From the wrecks to the flats, we caught Permit, Bonefish, Cobia, Snappers, and even hooked a Tarpon on fly. Some of the food I had this last weekend was absolutely epic; Lobster dinner on the first night, the best cuban food at El Siboney the second night, and then grilled up the cobia we caught on the final night there. This was definitely a weekend to remember…
May 12th 2010
While I was up in Destin, Fl last month we got on the cobia bite for a couple days. One of the funniest video(well to us anyways) was this video of all the screw ups and cursing during the heat of battle.
I high lighted one of the more funnier mistakes by zooming in. It was of Rich trying to wrap his hand around the leader of green 40lb cobia trying to sling him into the boat. Of course the 80lb line snapped immediately.
I believe we had 5 eats and only landed 1, yeah pretty bad. After watching the video after wards we all had a good laugh.
I just put a quick clip together to share. No music no editing.
*Warning: Adult Language and lots of tension.*
This was shot with the fish eye lens so I could get the entire action on the boat.
I got this off of the IGFA facebook page.
“A potential new cobia record just came in to the IGFA in the 50-lb line class category! Capt. Jimbo Thomas had been scoping the buoys of Government Cut in Miami, Florida, USA, for days with his brother Rick on their charter Thomas Flyer. “We kept seeing this monster cobia at the buoys and got a bunch of 40 pounders on the lines,” but the big one evaded the Thomas brothers until this past Friday, April 16, 2010. Out fishing for bait before the morning’s first charter trip, but with a big rod waiting ready just in case the giant showed, the brothers spotted the fish waiting by the buoy. Rick threw the bait, and the battle was on!
“The crazy thing is that if we had come up on the cobia while we were fishing during a charter, it might not have counted for a record because sometimes more than one charter client will put their hands on the rods.” According to IGFA world record rules, no one but the angler may touch the rod, reel, or line from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released.
Weighing in at 121.2 lbs, Rick’s cobia challenges the previous cobia record set at 116.5 lbs in June 2006 by Billy Ray Lucas, Jr., of Wilson, North Carolina, USA.”
April 19th 2010
Today I’m up in Destin Florida fishing with some friends. Jay, John, Rich, Tommy, and Phil. Yes the boat was loaded. The first day was a bit slow but today we say thirteen fish cruising the beach in Jay’s tower boat.
The water up here is emerald green, I guess that’s why they call it a the emerald cost. Unfortunately it has been pretty crowded so the water just didn’t show that well.
One of the coolest thing we encounter is was a Sunfish. It was a baby at about 100lbs but usually these things are way off shore so it was treat to see him just a couple hundred yards off the beach. He was curious and friendly. He came right up to the boat and Rich was actually able to grab one for a photo before he took off.
These guys get pretty big.. I think there was one that was caught that weigh over 3500 lbs.!
This one we saw was a baby but I hear they average about 2,000lbs.
Here are a few photos I manage to edit on my laptop. Hopefully it’s not too dark like last time.
Feb 21st 2010
Yesterday Hank and I was going to go after some back drum here in Tampa Bay. We had plans of running Hank’s 22′ Patherfinder and see if they were around. While these plans were in the works I get a call from my friend David McCleaf wanting to get on some giant jacks over on the east coast. Since I’ve done the black drum thing before and have never tried for the big jacks I opted to choose the east coast option.
Hank showed up at the house before the sun and the chance to come up and were driving across the state with all our gear packed. Changing plans in the middle of the night I know I would forget something. I packed along some offshore Sebile and Tarpon rods. I also brought along my 10wt just in case they were ravenous and not moving too fast.
Heading off and running the beach looking for fish sure sounds like and iffy plan for the most part but today it actually worked! First,we spot some triple tail on the buoy on the water out. Dave gets his underwater gear ready but by the time he jumps in they were long gone. David then spots a pod of floating cobia, as everyone scrambles for rods and tossed out the big sebile meant for giant jacks the cobia refused the offering. As David scrambles to tie a DOA bait buster on, I scramble to put the fly rod together.( I know, I know.. NOT prepared!) Then I remember I didn’t bring any flies!#$@!$!@$ REALLY NOT PREPARED!
We lost the cobia in the melee as we kept fumbling around. It wasn’t long however David spots them again. He tosses out the bait busters and one of the cobia eats almost instantly. Snap!, as he sets the hook… Double !@$!@$!@%!^. I haven’t used that combo in months as I’ve been most fly fishing so the line snapped on me. Now go back and read the lat paragraph as we did the same thing but this time tying on a new leader to boot.
We trolling motor along luckily found them floating again.. this time we stick one and go it to the boat. A nice 17lb fish to pose for photos with. After the photos we lost them for good however. Regardless, a very exciting start to the day that is for sure.
For the next two hours we didn’t see a darn thing. Isn’t that the way it usually goes though?
On the way back to the ramp we ran into them. The giant jacks, there were big pods of them roaming around. They were all 20-30lbs easy. Believe it or not they were very picky and spooky. I am sure they have been pressured today as it was a nice day and people were out in droves fishing. They were not chasing bait and making foam on the top of the surface as most jacks are known for. I toss in there the magic swimmer, the flats shad, and they did not want anything to do with it. The lure of choice for them today was the big stick shad in the mackerel color.
We yanked in about 6 of these guys before we lost the pod as the sun was going down. It was an excellent day of fishing with a couple of good friends.
On the way home Hank and I stopped at Norby’s in Lake Whales,. If you are ever near there, it’s an Excellent steak place. Lots of inexpensive specials particularly before 6pm. Very rustic atmosphere and good service. The sides and the salads were just ok. The steak was well cooked. Hank had the NY strip and I opted for the 24oz Rib eye. I definitely had to take some home with me. My eyeballs were bigger than my stomach that night.
The top lure got smoked while the bottom lure got ignored for the most part. If it was up to me I would think the bottom lure looked better. Good thing I brought 2 different ones.