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.
Today was a total disaster. While loading the truck at Black Point Marina in Miami, I let my Pelican case sitting there and drove off. By the time we realized it and drove back it was gone. I checked the 2 marinas that was there and left them my information. I also called the police to file a report in case some one would be honest enough to turn it in.
Tough pill to swallow for being absent minded for one second today. In the black case was my Nikon D300s with 3 lens, my wallet, keys, and cell phone.
As I’m typing this I’m calling AAA to get my keys made so I could go home and canceling credit cards.
If anyone knows anything down there about the case I will be glad to pay a reward for this lost case. My information is in the case as my wallet and ID is n there so hopefully however finds it is honest enough to try to find me.
August 15th 2010
With the forecast in the keys slick calm and the weather in Tampa predicted to be windy I headed south for a couple days.
The first day was spent fishing with Captain Chis Walter and his buddy Timmy. We did some deep dropping. Despite the intermittent rain we got into some excellent bites. Most of species I have not even seen before. Mystic, silkies, big eye, queen snapper and the strangest fish the Atlantic Scombrops.
The coolest however was on the way over we ran into a 50feet hump back whale. As we got closer he gave it one flip and he was gone but not before I got some video and photos though. This goes down as the first whale I’ve ever seen in person and it was the keys of all places.
The next day was fishing with Captain Benny Blanco and friend Jeff. It was so calm we ran the 24′ Yellowfin out 20 miles to the famous Marathon Hump. We trolled the Rapala lipped plugs for some black fin tunas. Jeff and I had a blast swimming with them out there. After we got a few we ran in to find some mahi. It was slow for the mahi but it still cool shooting some underwater stills and video out there.
As we got closer to shore to stopped on some ledges and got about 10 keys lobster to round off the day. A couple awesome weather combined with some excellent fishing, it gonna be tough to be that any time soon!
7/30/2010 : Guest Report by Collin Ross, Florida Keys
I was able to sneak out with some ‘ol time buddies a few weeks back. The three of us had literally not fished together in over 5 years, yet we all fish rather hard this time of year but our days never seem to collide. It was one of those days with lots of clouds and deep blue skies…………if that in fact makes any sense at all. The intermittent cloud cover did put a damper on most of our day but when the sun peeked through we made due with the shots that were offered.
Naturally in the process of sharing war stories of days since gone……………………………we got a few tugs.
they were belly floppin sombitches…………………….
gill rattling sombitches………………………………..
tail walkin sombitches……………………………………..
fly spittin sombitches………………………………..
and some real beautiful neck breakin sombitches………….
Even caught a great white…………..
tarpon in the head, tarpon in the da hand………………
Captain T’s last tarpon trip of the year………
It was great to spend a leisurely day on the skiff catching up on old times pondering what the future might bring for three very different dudes with many passions in common.
Life ain’t half bad in these parts…………..
Every year a large group of fathers and sons head to the middle keys to do some straight up fishing and bonding. Life has been very busy lately and my reports are far and few in between. I can tell you that fishing has been great so far this summer. I know I could have some more details in here but this is all the time I have. Here are a few photos from the past week.
Very mis-fortune when a shark snaked this great fish right from under us….
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.
100211 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL
It is tough to find good seafood in the Florida Keys. Why, you ask? Because with so many seafood restaurants and so much access to fresh seafood, it is hard to chose a place to eat at.
I recently made a second visit to the Key Largo Conch House (http://www.keylargocoffeehouse.com) with my buddy Jeremy after a long and tiring day of tarpon fishing. The first time I ate there was impressive, but the second time absolutely blew me away. The atmosphere is a casual “Keys’y” laid back type feel, but not the touristy sand and island feel that just about every other restaurant has; the Conch House had more of a locals place feel to it. The Conch House is nestled admist a forest of trees, hidden and discreet. Don’t let the bushy “shack in the middle of the woods” outlook fool you though. What lies inside is some of the best food, cleanest presentation, and best service around in Key Largo. You feel right at home, comfortable, and not overwhelmed with that touristy feel like in most other restaurants in the Keys.
This is the place to be if you like a quality home cooked quality meal. The Lobster and Conch Ceviche is a must order item on the menu. This dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients and spiced just right. It is a refreshing dish to start your meal after a long day of being out on the water. Couple this dish with the fried cracked conch appetizer and you have the perfect yin and yang. The cracked conch is lightly breaded and with herbs mixed into the light breading and fried to perfection, not too dry, but not soggy with grease, just perfect. The Yellowtail fish tacos hit the spot just right for lunch. I had the Yellowtail Florentine last time for dinner and was very impressed. The presentation was great and the taste was second to none. It was definitely the best yellowtail snapper dish I had ever had. If you crave deserts, they have a selection of home made deserts that are different each day. The home made Key Lime Pie was the best pie I had ever had. It was not too tangy, nor too sweet… the texture was smooth and I actually finished an entire slice of Key Lime Pie for the first time in my life. The Conch House also offers a large variety of different teas and coffee, which they are famous for. Being Asian, I have had just about every type of tea imaginable and I will admit that the Conch House offers some of the most amazing iced tea. I will definitely be back to try the different flavor tea and coffee they offer.
Visit the restuarants website at www.keylargocoffeehouse.com or better yet; next time you are in Key Largo, get in your car and drive down to the Key Largo Conch House for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I guarantee you will be impressed.
We were continually blessed with bluebird skies this past weekend. I walked outside in the morning to look at my boat and immediately noticed a difference… a slight chill was in the air, winds were out of the North, and dew had formed on the deck of my boat. This was a definite sign that things are changing as we transition from Fall to Winter patterns.
I joined my buddies Tony and Juanki the first day of fishing as we took out Tony’s new Hells Bay skiff. This new skiff in our arsenal will change the way we fish as well as give us that edge we need when having to pole down a school of speeding bonefish. Today’s mission was to break in the new skiff so we decided we should take the day of fishing more seriously (yeah right). Our seriousness on the water extends only to the point in the day where we start busting each other’s chops. It is always a gauranteed fun day on the water amongst this company. We started out our day with a first shot at a quadruplet of very big bonefish. Tony makes the perfect presentation and gets the eat, only to loose the fish while clearing line. The day was then filled with more exciting moments from, hooking and loosing big bonefish, poling down wads of fish, missing some bites, loosing balance and making a watery entries, and finally breaking in the skiff with Tony’s new signature move… the Islamorada bonefish toss and plunge. There was never a dull moment out on the water this day. I look forward to our next day on the water…
The next day on the water was a definite eye opener. Tim and I decided to take my Mirage out today for a change. Have you ever heard the superstition about your day being over after catching the fish on your first shot of the day? Well, besides only having less then half the bonefish shots as the previous day, both Tim and I caught a bonefish on each of our first shots. This sealed the deal for us as we delt with loosing fish, mising bites, and having to work harder to find fish. These are days you learn a bunch about the bonefishery…especially when you have a bonefish guru (Tim) on the boat with you. Winter is definitely on it’s way. Skies are becoming less cloudy, the water levels are slowly dropping, the air is becoming drier and cooler, fish are starting to get into a transitional phase, and bonefish are getting FAT. Life is good indeed…
Let’s change the pace up a little the next week… until next time…