Real Tide is an iphone app for Iphone that I have recently discovered. I have tried a bunch of different tide programs both on droid and iphone and this the best one I have ever used imho.
It’s fast, stable, easy to find your location, does current speed, sunrise sun set, and best of all the interface is super easy to use. One button finds your location and gives you the tides. Slide you finger and you see it all. Low tide,mean low tide, high tide etc. Everything is just there and easy to find. If you’re not satisfied click on the map and pick the one tide station you want.
The company that make this app is called Fly To Map. The app is priced at $1.99 but I believe it is worth it.
They also make a version for the Droid which is free. The droid version is not as robust and lack a few features but a still a nice app for free.
I have known Spencer and Cameron for several years. We met through the fishing forums back in the day before facebook. We fished a few times on and off. I knew these kids before they even had a driver’s license. Now they going to college and moving on with their life but they are still passionate about fishing. Spencer runs kayak charters part time while attending classes and Cameron mates for some local captains.
I had a chance to fish with these guys a couple days ago walking the banks casting at baby tarpon. This time of year the baby tarpon tend to get in brackish back water areas, giving themselves away by rolling around taken in air.
We spent the first 1/2 of fishing stuck in the truck waiting out the rain. Luckily for us my friend Hank gave me some ribs to take home as we ate every last bit of it while in the truck. It also made for some interesting video and chatting.
After the rain we walked the banks looking for rolling fish. If you do not know this already baby tarpon are very hard to land. They are very acrobatic and wind up getting off more often than not. They definitely lived up to this reputation today. I hooked 4 on fly landed zero, Spencer and Cameron probably hooked 20 and landed 1.
The bugs were bad but thankfully I brought along with me some 3M Ultrathon to use, enough for everyone. This stuff works pretty good. I will have to test it out at the ultimate location, the Everglades next.
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fun little video was shot entirely on a Sony NEX-5 along with all the photos.
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Yesterday I got an email from a local fisherman named Mark Soussou. He claims that he was the guy in the video that took the video of the sword fish swimming on the beach last month. Naturally I was excited to find out more details and gave mark a call that afternoon. Sure enough he described it in details. He was just hanging out with some friends on the beach and pretty much swam up to the boat. Since Mark is an avid fisherman, he was aware enough to realize that this was a rare sighting indeed. He didn’t have his good camera with him but he did have his Kodak Playsport and took some video and stills of the phenomenon.
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Mark told me that he had a couple more photos and video that would like to send me. Of course I said heck yeah, please do send them over. Thanks Mark!
The swordfish story was interesting enough that it got featured at Bradenton.com. Check it out.
Here a couple stills and more video of the incident. The new video even show a brief underwater video when Mark was able to get close enough.
Today I got out for a few hours with my old friend Edwin. Though we have talked a few times about getting out it seems like the timing has not been right for us to hit the water together.
Though the conditions was not the greatest with the winds at 15mph + for most of the day, we decided to give it a go regardless. 6:30am I was at the ramp and bump into another old friend I use to mountain bike with. He was taking his kid out kayak fishing that morning so I had a chance to BS a little before Edwin showed up.
When Edwin showed up with his Gheenoe it definitely brought back some memories. My old boat was a Gheenoe and I definitely had some good fishing out of that craft. We loaded the little boat up and decided to stay close due the weather conditions. Overcast skies, windy and incoming tide it wasn’t hard to make that decision really.
With the limited time, I only brought one rod and reel with me. First I went to my old reliable Gold Rush Doa Cal but after a couple cast I decided to change things up a bit. It has been forever since I have caught a fish on a top water. I asked Edwin if I could borrow a top water from his box. He had a few but immediately grabbed one of my all time favorite top water lure, the Super Spook JR.
The Super spook has been around forever and it is still around today. You can find it in pretty much every tackle store in town and for good reasons, it works! Though they come in a myriad of colors my favorites have always been, red head, red fish, silver, and bone. Though he only had the trout colors I figured it would worked just as good.
Edwin decided to use his confidence lure the “Flurry” and Jig head combo.
We started off catching a couple trout on the jigs as the water starts to come in. As the water got higher and higher the mullet were getting very active. We caught trout first and then small reds. After that the bigger reds started to eat. By 9:30 we had already already caught a dozen redfish and a more trout. Though Edwin got more eats on the jigs the average size of the topwater fish was definitely larger.
I decided to stick with Super Spook jr. all day and I have to say it paid off for me. We worked some pot holes and I had a large explosion on my lure. After what was an excellent fight I landed my largest snook of the year at about 30″ on the top water.
I have to say it was all down hill from there. We had few more eats but they kept on coming unbutton for whatever reason. We packed it up at about 11:30am and called it a good day with an old friend.
Photo notes: All shots taken with Sony NEX in Aperture mode ant 16mm lens at f/2.8. The snook shot was shot in -1.3 compensation as to not to over expose the fish.
Also tested out the waterproof bag for the Sony NEX. It will work with just about any camera that fits the bag. I used the 16mm lens and did not have any vignetting issues.
All the clips in this video was shot on the Kodak Playsport back in August. Right after this my camera gear kinda walked away so I didn’t really pay much attention to the video footage I got that weekend. I finally got around to looking at some of it today and it was actually pretty nice. I got some nice Tuna underwater shots down at the Marathon hump. This was not work related just hanging out with some friends down there. Benny, Jeff, Chris Walters, Chris Lewis and Paul F.
With some good lighting that $150 camera did great.
Sept. 24th 2010
The last couple days I was over on the East Coast trying once again to catch this mullet run. Well part of it was hanging out with Patrick Sebile and his crew of Sebile Lures. With the winds blowing 20mph from the east most the time fishing was very lack luster. We did catching fish but we didn’t get a chance to fish the beach where most of the mullets are moving through.
Usually when this action happens the tarpon, snook, sharks and all kinds of predators are following them. You know the old saying, “find the bait you’ll find the predators”. Actually I just made that one up but it sure makes sense doesn’t it?
We went out and fish the Ft. Pierce jetty a couple of times while I was there. I took some shots of Patrick and Russell getting totally soaking wet from the pounding waves. Those guys are pretty hardcore. Patrick did hook a couple Tarpon on his big Stick Shad but they came off. I saw one guy get a nice 40lb tarpon there so the fish are there, the fishing conditions were just no good.
Photo notes: I manage some really cool slow shutter speed stuff. I did this to give the photo a feeling of motion rather than freezing the photos with a high shutter speed.
I got a question asked about slow shutter speed, so here’s a quick answer.
Curtis here’s how I set it up:
- Set the camera to the lowest ISO possible
- I shot a few in shutter priority 60 to 15s.
- Review the photos and check the settings I like best.
- Then I go into Manual Mode and adjust accordingly.
Now all I have to do is wait for the waves/motion to hit and click away. With the setting sun and overcast skies, I didn’t have any issues with over exposure so no filter was needed. -Sam
I have a friend down in Matlache Florida that moved to Vail Colorado last year. Lane just wanted a change of scenery. He just packed his bags one day and decided to go. Being twenty seven years old, single and no ties you can do things like that. He moved there in November and started to teach ski and snow board lessons to tourist and now is working with the fish and wildlife services up there. Basically he hasn’t looked back.
When he came down this past May to do some fishing with me we spoke of me heading up to Vail Colorado to do some fishing. I wasn’t quite sure if I would have the time or energy this summer. Knowing Vail to be a very expensive area I wasn’t quite sure about the cost of flights, places to stay either.
Months past by and things started to come together. During the off season the hotels are empty and the flights were cheap. I got a ticket to Vail for $400.00. I was staying at Lane’s apartment so the hotel bill was out of the equation as well. All I would have to worry about was food and the cost of getting around. I like this kind of trip much better than a guided tour for the most part because you get to do things that is off the beaten path. Besides it would be much less touristy.
The flight to Vail was a quick one compared to Thailand that was for sure. I flew out of Tampa at 2:30pm and got there but 6pm.(time zone changes) I was playing solitaire watched movies on my IPAD the entire way. BTW: the IPAD is an awesome plane travel companion. The battery last like 7 hours and packs a bunch of entertainment.
Lane picked me up and the first thing we did was stopped by a near by stream to break out the fly rod to wet test it. Today I was using the on loan combo of the Mystic 5wt with a Nautilus NV 5wt reel. In hind sight I could have gotten away with the lighter, cheaper Nautilus FW series reel. The rod took a little getting use to as I was use to the action of saltwater fly rods. After about 15minutes however, I pretty much had it down.
We opted not to nymph this evening so we threw streamers to mimic a local minnow which the trout feed upon. We fished the area for a couple hours with fish all around us flipping happily. We got two eats but could never landed the fish. I was a little jet lagged and tired so we headed back to Lane’s apartment to unload all my gear for the two day trip.
I knew I was in Colorado when I felt out of breath climbing up some stairs when we went and grabbed a burger and wings for dinner. I really knew I was in a touristy area when I stopped by to get an ice cream cone and the guy guy behind the counter said “that will be $7.00 sir”. Heck that cost as much as my burger!
The next morning we were up at 5am to make the one and a half hour drive to the fishing hole. We pulled up to the parking to see a nice Porche 911 parked there. Now since we were to meet Lane’s buddy Luke, who also worked for the fish and game I knew this definite was not Luke’s ride. I mean, unless Luke has a trust fund or they are flying square groupers into Colorado these days.
Luke arrived a little later than us and proceeded to hook up on streamers immediately. A small brown then a couple of nice rainbows. Lane then proceeded to get a nice 20″ rainbow as well. I was camera trigger happy and neglected to fish much during all this of course and missed out on the morning bite as usual.
The scenery is just awe inspiring in Colorado. With lush plant life, streams filled fish pretty much every where. The mountains, wild birds, wild game and lots of open wilderness all around. The air is crisp and basically no humidity. I mean it can be 50 degrees and I’m wearing shorts and a long sleeve shirt. When it was 80 degrees outside I wasn’t sweating a drop. If it was 80 degrees in Florida I don’t even want to be outside for very long. When it is 50 degrees in Florida I need a jacket. It’s weird how humidity affects your comfort level.
Anyways I digress. After the sun was nice and bright we decided to head over to another river. There we did mostly nymphing and the bite was on fire. For a while there it was one cast after another we would get a rainbow on. The flies of nymphing you can barely see. They are so small it was literally the size of a small “J” on your computer screen and some even smaller! At times I couldn’t even tell if I still had a fly on or not.
After a quick pizza in the local pizza parlor which by the way only cost $5.00 for 2 slice of cheese with drinks, we were off to do a float trip with another buddy’s of Lane. Alex who is part owner of the local flyshop slash guide service in town called The Mintun Anglers met us at the ramp with his float boat. It took a bit to set up the shuttle for the float trip but it was well worth it. We drift/float the Colorado and caught a bunch of brown trout. I have to admit Alex kicked my ass, out catching me like 8 to 1. What the hell I was happy just taking in the beauty of the entire place. The last time I did a float trip was in Alaska last year. The fish were bigger up there but the weather is better in Colorado so take your pick.
After the float trip and already a 12 hour day we were 3 starving fisherman. Alex recommended a place called The Charcoal Burgerl which wasn’t too far away from where were put the boat back on the trailer. We placed order and had to wait about 15minutes for a burger. I believe they actually make the burgers from scratch and grill on the charcoal just like the sign said. The burger tasted like it was home made minus the spices. It was filling but I have to say wasn’t very tasty. Regardless we were for filled of our dinner obligations that night.
With the jet lag, thin air and being up running around fishing for 14 hours now, I fell asleep on the drive back to Lane’s house which was still another 1.5 hours away. Needless to say, after a shower I was out like a light! I have been in Colorado 1.5 days how and have yet to see Lane’s apartment in daylight. Yes it has been quite a long 1.5 days.
Day 2 we are up 5am again to go hunt for more fish. Today, honestly I really didn’t care to fish very much. I was more about absorbing the atmosphere and culture of the Vail. Being the hardcore fisherman that we are we still ended up fishing til about noon. The sun was out today, it was beautiful. We decided to take a short cut through the mountains via the forest roads.
When we got the entrance of the forest road there was a road closed sign on it. Lane looked at the map real quick and confident he could go around it. Or so it seemed. We made a quick stop at a local country store to get some beef jerky and drinks and off we go on the dirt roads. The 1 hour trip turned into 2 hours, then 3 hours. We were kinda sorta lost. All was not lost however, as the scenery got better and better as we climb the road not so often traveled. We got some really cool scenic shots, saw some wild deer about 30′ away, beavers, and tons of birds.
Not planning for such long tripped we even stopped and got some nice raspberries along the trail. The was pretty cool, I haven’t eaten wild berries since I was kid. The berries were everywhere really but at this point with hours of bouncing up and down on the rough roads we were getting hungry.
Hour number 3 we ran into and ATV/bow hunter that was cool enough to give us directions to cross the mountain so we could get home once again. After even a rougher ride we finally got onto some paved roads. I got a phone single and called in to order something interesting to eat. The place we have been talked about all day was to eat some game animals at a place called the GAS House. The place is like a nice cozy local pub/restaurant. Cold beer and some food was on the way.
I order the variety pack appetizer. This consist of quail, elk, deer, pheasant sausages. We got there and gobbled it up quickly and the bartender informed us the appetizer were 50% during happy hour which was even better! I ordered truffle fries, more quail, and a nice serving of rocky mountain oysters. I never had truffle fries or rocky mountain oysters(bull testicles) and I have to say it was pretty good. The RMO, tasted like fried chicken gizzards but more tender.
After a cold beer and some food we were off to Lane’s kick ball championship game. The won the semis and the won the finals so we didn’t get out of there until almost 9pm. Yes another 15 hour day for us and at this point I am wishing I was about 10 years younger! We were off to get a real dinner tonight at the Minton Country Club. Well it’s not really a country club, just a restaurant named so. Lane works there part time and tells me it’s the best steak in town.
We walked in and they place was empty! Normally this is scary because you figures the food must be bad or something. The tell me every place is dead in late August because it’s off season in Vail this time of year. Lane assure me so and we picking our steak in no time. I like my steak medium rare and at this place if it’s not it’s totally your fault. Yes because you get to cook your own steak of all things. Yep, you actually get up walk up to the grill and put your steak on the grill and cook them. They had basting sauce and all. They tell me during season the place is packed and all the grills they have are filled with people cooking steaks and talking with a drink in their hand. Lane even tells me Britney Spears goes there every so often, I can’t imagine.
The next day I was up at 6am and flying back to Tampa by 8am. Awesome trip and a ton of stuff packed in there for a 2 day trip. Things I need to remember when I go back there either to ski or in the spring for the flowers and fishing. Felt wading boots is a must along with breathable waders. Loose some dam weight and get in better shape. With the thin air I was huffing and puffing going up stairs, quite embarrassing! Bring less clothing. With the temperature the way it was you don’t sweat. Besides under clothing you can just almost wear the same thing everyday.
Junly 5th 2010
The last couple days I was fishing with Honson down south. Our goal was to get some Tarpon and bonefish on fly. The first day we had another friend David McCleaf with us. We tried to get on some Tarpon on the ocean side but the skies were not cooperating for us. They were overcast and visibility was almost one. We did eventually sport some rollers coming out way but getting the fly to them was another story. With the storms and wind building we packed it in right after lunch.
The second day we headed to the keys with Captain Frank, to do some bonefishing. The tide wasn’t the greatest but we eventually found lots bonefish on the flats. The only issue here is they did not hang around for vary long. We had a few decent shots and missed 2 on fly but no hook up. The eventually disappeared and did not return. Disappointed we made the run to the everglades. Frank poled us on some nice redfish opportunity. It was a bit frustrating at first with the winds low and they were somewhat spooky but we eventually got 3 to the boat.
I did get a 2 out of 3 eats on video. I’ll be compiling a quick clip for you entertainment. One fish we hooked in small creek got us all wrapped around a narrow passage way. Eventually after some drama we did caught up and landed him.
I shot o bunch of boat talk on the Kodak Playsport. I will call this series Saltyshores: “Boat Talk Confessions” along the line of the HBO series Taxi Cab Confessions. This is basically a Vlog of us talking BS on and off the boat about whatever pops into our head, just fun stuff nothing serious really. This will bring you to the action or non action as most of the time we’re talking the fishing is probably a bit slow. Regardless it makes for some interesting and funny video.