Guides Days Off 2/8/2018

Winter time, especially February, is my slow season. While the fishing can be phenomenal, we usually do not have as many visitors, this time of year. Fortunately, I received a call from a life long friend about a fishing trip. Rick Marcello, is starting up a performance fishing company, Hydor. While he is based near Atlanta, Rick informed me that he was going to be in Steinhatchee, Fl for a few days. A gap in scheduled charters allowed Capt. Jason Phillips and I to head over across the state for a chance to play with some new gear and some different fish!

Since this was a mini vacation we decided not to mess around with bait. We started out throwing Gulp jerk baits and Slayer paddle tails. Even with being new to the area, Jason found a nice sea trout almost right away.IMG_1314A few casts later, redfish was on the menu. Once again, it was Jason with the hot hand.IMG_1315As the pictures show, weather was not conducive to sight fishing. We both caught several fish and then decided to explore a bit further south. After making a run of less then a half mile, we started actually seeing bait and fish activity. Day one culminated with 10 nice redfish and close to 40 sea trout. It was a fun day for sure.

Day two was a little cooler and we had a heavy fog to start out with. We struck out with the new Hydor rods and reels and had similar results. A few casts in, and the fish were chewing again20180211_081500The fish may not be… but I am looking forward to the full release of the Hydor Performance Fishing line. Between the rods, reels, and performance gear I am excited to watch Rick’s company grow. Thank you for a good excuse to get away for a few days, as well as, the sneak preview of the great things to come.

3 thoughts on “Guides Days Off 2/8/2018

    • Chip, the fishing was almost too easy. I think we both landed over 30 fish a day without much effort. Most of the redfish were mid slot and majority of the trout were between 18 and 24 inches. It was a great time and a great way to try out new gear.


      • I like easy, sometimes! Those days are like islands in the ocean. Nice to have one once in a while! It is a pleasure to see your success!


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