Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pine Island's Snook Population

Right now you can catch juvenile snook like this guy on just about every shoreline in Matlacha Pass on the east side of Pine Island.  A live shrimp under a cork will pull them and if you're chumming with whitebait you can catch them by the dozens on some of the deeper holes next to the mangroves.  Getting a snook that's actually in the slot is a serious chore though, at least it has been for me this season.  I haven't seen too many other folks cleaning any back at the Matlacha ramp either and that's actually not a bad thing.  I'm convinced that our snook population is in fine shape since the 2010 freeze and in a few years we'll see an explosion of slot-sized or larger fish.  I probably won't get to eat one this year but that's not the end of the world, we've got plenty of trout and reds to keep the grill busy.  For now I'm keeping my 1/0 Owner hooks debarbed and enjoying the strikes from these juveniles. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sad Pelican

This guy went away hungry since I came back with no fish to clean.  He made me feel even worse about it by staring at me like that. 

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.