Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunset Eclipse

We had a partial solar eclipse yesterday.  I didn't even realize it was happening until I looked through my lens at the sunset.  This is definitely something you don't see too often. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

72 MPH In The Beavertail Lightning


I shot this video last month while we were test driving the first production BT Lightning.  It's a bit shaky because I was using a handheld Flip camera but you can see the speed on the GPS pretty well at the end.  This boat was rigged with a 200hp Evinrude and has hit 75 with a single passenger and a light load.  No other 20 footer on the market can match this performance and the Lightning is actually rated for 300hp.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Key West Barracuda And Other Sights

Bonefish were our main target but I'll cast at anything that swims, especially barracuda.  They're one of my favorite things to photograph but so is just about everything else down in the Keys. 
A three footer that nailed a tube lure in two feet of water.

The business end.  You do NOT want to put your fingers in there. 

Tube lures also work well on lemon sharks.  This four footer ripped off a hundred yards of line and made several jumps just like a barracuda.

Heading offshore on Capt. Mike Bartlett's  Mako 23.

Sandy Bartlett hooked up on a yellowtail in eighty feet of water.

Green iguanas are a common sight all over the Keys these days.  They're considered a pest by many but are actually harmless and very beautiful lizards, too.

A British Hawker Hunter over Boca Chica air station.  These fifty year old jets are civilian owned but hired by the Navy for Top Gun training.  The blimp in the photo is the Fat Albert radar balloon tethered over Cudjoe Key ten miles to the north. 

Waterfront property on Key West. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bonefish On The Key West Flats

I never miss the chance to make the 300 mile drive down to Key West and chase bones with my friend Capt. Mike Bartlett.  We found a ton of fish the first morning but only managed to land three. They were all beauties and really attacked the flies.
The weather couldn't have been better and despite the falling tides we saw over a hundred bones on this particular flat.  When I was guiding down there ten years ago I never spotted a single one in that same area.  Despite what some organizations are saying recently, the bonefish population in the Keys is in great shape and according to Mike, it's actually increasing. 

We were throwing small crab patterns, which worked perfectly, but Mike has also had great success with old fashioned Clouser Minnows in the past.  As always, presentation is more important than the actual fly. 

If you want to book a trip with Capt. Mike (and you should) give him a call at (305)797-2452 or check out his website at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jack Attack Off Matlacha

I love everything about these fish.  The ten pound jack crevalles that are cruising the shallows right now are one of the greatest things you'll ever catch on light tackle.  My friend Andy Glosser from PA landed this one on a white Skitter Walk lure after we saw it busting on the surface in another boat's wake.  Watching a big jack hit a top water is the most entertaining thing in all of flats fishing and it's not too tough to do in October.  Work the tree lines at high tide and look for the birds diving on the surface in the deeper water any time of day.  If you see a flock of terns hitting the surface it's almost a sure thing that some crevalles will be under them this time of year.