Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fly Fishing For Peacock Bass In Miami

Here's the latest project from my buddy Chris Helt and his Spooled Reels laboratory.  This 8 1/2 minute film is a big departure from the standard fly fishing videos that are all over the web these days.  It shows a mostly unattractive urban environment that's become home to a magnificent invasive species and makes me really want to go there and catch one myself.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stuff I Like: The Flats Walker By FlatsHQ

My favorite artificial to use with spinning gear has always been a topwater.  There's nothing more exciting than watching a big gamefish blow up underneath a lure worked across the surface.  My first choice has always been the proven Zara Spook but I've recently tried out the new Flats Walker made by FlatsHQ, a local SW Florida based company. 

I've wasn't too surprised that the lure drew a lot of strikes since almost any well designed topwater will attract a hungry snook.  What did surprise me was how easy the Flats Walker was to work and how relatively weedless it ran.  These are two things this lure does better than older Zara Spook, which takes a bit of skill to swim properly and grabs every piece of grass it encounters.  The Flats Walker sits a little lower in the water and has a more subtle action but still pulled the snook and reds right out of the mangroves.  It also has some very substantial hooks that never bent in the least on any of the fish we landed these last few days. 

You can order these online direct from FlatsHQ's website or find them locally at the Snook Hut in Cape Coral.  They're only $6.99 so pick up two. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament.

FLATS HQ Presents Herman Lucerne Memorial 2015 by Dan Decibel from FLATSHQ on Vimeo.

This is a very well done video, great scenery and background music, too.  I didn't fish this tournament but plan to next year. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jack And Dolphin Attack In Matlacha Pass

I got to spend a few hours on Capt. Don Moorhead's awesome Shearwater bay boat a few days ago. We set out looking for reds under the mangroves but were quickly swamped by several waves of big jacks which hit everything we threw at them.  We landed three but the real highlight was watching a dolphin trailing us smash into one of our released fish.  Here are some shots from that morning.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pine Island Sound At Sunset

Surrounded by tailing redfish last night that just wanted something better than what we were offering.