Tuna Frenzy, wow! Wish I was there diving this action with the underwater housing.
The fly show in New Orleans was small compared to ICAST but none the less it had some cool items to look at. I spent much of my time networking with many of the manufacturers that support the Saltyshores and the Salty Fly. If I had time and saw something interesting I would walk up to the booth and see what was cool.
Most of the time it was great and I got to meet new people. One moment that didn’t go over so well was one slow traffic afternoon. I walked into this booth to check out a new rod. The salesman in the booth came up to me. I looked up and said, “Hey, I hear you got a cool new rod out, can you tell me a little about it?”. He pointed over to a LCD screen and said “There is a video over there playing in a loop, go check it out…”. I walked over to the screen and watched it for a couple minutes. It was in the middle somewhere so I just walked off as I had no idea how long this video was gonna last. Other than that everyone I met was pretty cool.
Speaking of cool, one of supporter of the Salty Fly, Nautilus Reels won best Saltwater Fly reel of show with their new Monster Reel.
I had Ron and Alice help me film the interview with Kristen Mustad about the reel before they even won the award.
A couple weeks ago I posted up some really interesting shots of fiddler crabs. Surprisingly It very well received so I decided to put a video together of that day. I had to get on my hands and a knee a bunch to get these footage of fiddler crabs. These things live pretty darn close to the mud and muck near the shore line. Needless to say I was a mess by the time I was done shooting.
Hope you guys like it.
Nina Salerosa Playing with the local sharks with no fear.
This was in the Bahamas as part of the anti shark finning campaign. It was posted in Sept. 2010 but a friend sent me this via email today. Awesome video.
If you want to read more about it go here:
Since I am on the water a bunch as well as a suck for electronic, I’m always looking for good waterproof storage. I have definitely ruin my fair share of gadgets and phones by getting them wet. In other words, this was right down my alley.
He tells me Watershed makes military grade waterproof gear and that I needed to check it out. He tells me all the touch screen functions worked and it has a water tight seal with out having to roll the bag up. After hearing that, it was no surprised the bag looks pretty well constructed. The label even says it was made in the USA. I decided to buy the one he had to give it a try. I told him if my IPAD gets wet while I’m using that bag, he owes me a new ipad.
When I was fishing yesterday I decided to give it real world test. With out a dry run, I stuck the IPAD into the bag and dunked it several times. I must say, it worked quite well. The unique way it seal was also cool. I’ve have never seen that before but it worked pretty darn good.
Speaking of waterproof bags, my Pelican case I use to carry all my camera gear around works great while on a boat, but it’s very cumbersome at times to carry around. Looking at the watershed website it looks like they have a couple kits I could use for this purpose.
So far I’m pretty happy with the quality and function of the IPAD setup. Hope their waterproof camera kit works just as well.
My friend Serge Thomas(better known as the French Guy on the Florida Sportsman Forum) sent me this video on how to tie his Everglades Fly a few months back. I keep forgetting about it and finally got a chance to upload it to youtube yesterday. Serge is long time fisherman who’s caught many bonefish, permit, tarpon and redfish on fly via a Kayak. Since I’ve never caught any of those species on fly via kayak, needless to say he has my respect.
The video is quite long at about 10 minutes but it is very detailed. He talks about pretty much every aspect of the fly.
Since the discussion of shallow water stake out systems came up yesterday I figured I do a quick clip of the installation of the Spike Wrap made by Power Pole. When I was over at the B.A.S.S. masters in Orlando a couple weeks ago I bump into one of the PP guy. He knew I had an older power pole and he gave me a Spike Wrap to try out.
The Spike Wrap is basically a big heat shrink. PP customize it to fit the fiberglass part of their power pole. If you ever touch untreated fiber glass after it has been in the sun for a bit you will know that it starts to splinter on you. This is the case not only with power pole but anything that mainly fiberglass. You can probably use this on the manual stake out poles like Wang Anchor, Stick it Pins and probably the Talon as well.
My friend Josh was over visiting so I recruited him to be the host, thanks Josh, you did awesome buddy!
Note: all video and stills shot on the Sony Nex Point and shoot camera. Since I didn’t use lights I exposed for the foreground so the background is blown out a bit.
Spike wrap.. very simple.
expose the spike
Cover about 1/2 inch
The Sony Nex-3 has been a pretty impressive camera ever since I got a chance to use one a few weeks ago. I’ve been shooting a lot of stills with it along with some videos. Both looks great for a camera that can fit in your pocket and even at that price range.
The Nex-3 also allows you change lens to be more creative or for better optics. It comes with a 18-55mm lens which is an excellent all around lens. If you want you can even use Nikon, Canon, and Pentax lens on there if you buy and adapter for it.
Since I wanted to try my cheap $100.00 Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens on it I bought an adapter from Amazon that allowed me to use it for about $30.00. It does have it’s limitations however. Only manual focus and metering but the optics are excellent.
Here is a clip I took with it today while walking the dog. All hand held and manual focus and exposure.