Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reds Of All Sizes Out There Now

There are so many of them schooling up that the water literally turns orange.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tailing Redfish On Fly

The redfish onslaught continues in Matlacha Pass. Low tides in the mornings and evenings produced tails by the hundreds all weekend. These are a few shots from just before sunset on Saturday.
One from a school of about twenty fish that I picked off with an 8-weight and a foam slider.
My buddy Tim Gleason hooked up from the bow of his BT Strike.

I can't say enough great things about this boat.  We easily chased down every school of tailing reds we spotted in less than a foot of water on a falling tide and never once worried about getting stuck.  The Strike is absolutely the best all around poling skiff ever built.

A close up of Tim's redfish and the foam slider he used.  When they're tailing in heavy grass these flies work better than just about anything.

We threw a small snook in for good measure.  We could have easily ran into deeper water and picked off a trout to complete the Slam but just couldn't leave the tailing reds.
A final big redfish waving goodbye as we started heading home.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Beavertail Lightning Coming Soon

These are the first shots of the all new 20 foot Beavertail Lightning hull and cap just as they're coming out of their molds.   This boat is aimed right at the tournament angler and the first two are currently being rigged with a 200hp Evinrude and a 250hp Mercury.  The prototype hull saw some amazing speeds with the 200 earlier this summer.  I plan on heading up to Bradenton late next week to run the completed boat and will have a whole bunch of detailed photos after that.  The Lightning is scheduled to make it's first public appearance at next month's Tampa Boat Show.  Until then you can check in on Beavertail's Facebook page for more updates and pricing info.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Frigate Birds Off Pine Island

There is an active rookery for these frigate birds, also called man-o-war birds, in the northern part of Pine Island Sound.  They haven't been too common around here over the past few years so this is a welcome change.  When I was fishing down in the Keys they were an everyday sight. 

If you've never seen one in person, frigate birds are really amazing.  They have an almost 8 foot wingspan but can barely walk.  Look close and at these photos and you'll see they have tiny stubs for legs and unwebbed toes.  This means they can't swim or land on the water, but they can stay in the air for more than a week and fly hundreds of miles out to sea looking for food.  I've even seen them snatch flying fish right out of the air.  Frigates are basically the Predator Drone of the bird world. 

A female frigate bird, easily identified by the white head and chest.
The same female ready to land on her tiny feet.
An male frigate with all black feathers and a red throat pouch. 
A male in full display with his throat pouch inflated. 
A trio of frigates waiting for a breeze.