Beating the Drum 6/3/2016

I had the pleasure of taking Larry and his son, Chris, fishing today. It was one of those trips where everything just seemed to go right. Everywhere that I dropped the Power-pole today we caught fish!20160603_072513

We started our day catching several black drum, until some dolphin moved in to the area. We made a small move and continued to catch more of the same.20160603_074352

From here we decided to play a different drum. It was time to go shallow and chase these guys around.20160603_105255

Chris was surprised at the power redfish generate! He got on a roll and caught the first 4 reds. I made one more move to attempt to find Larry his redfish. It worked.20160603_092857

This was his largest of the day at just under 8 lbs!

Fish were chewing 6/1/2016

I had the pleasure of sharing the water with Frank this morning. As we begin this trip (and every trip we have had together), Frank says, “How lucky are we? It just doesn’t get any better.”. And I always agree… spending time on the water with Frank, and his family and friends, is always a great time. 20160601_084717

A beautiful day on the water with a good friend and cooperative fish! Frank went 4 out of six on some nice redfish. He also boated 4 nice black drum and a big inshore jack crevalle.  Frank called the trip early after about 2 hours. As a former charter captain up north, he understands fishing pressure and conservation. He decided to keep two redfish and two black drum, letting the rest swim free.20160601_095314

Sharks! 5/29/2016

IMG_0019In all my years guiding, I have yet to find a kid which does not have a blast catching sharks (and most adults too). Fortunately, this is the right time of the year to target redfish early and as the day heats up switch over to catching  bonnethead sharks in shallow water.IMG_0011

Daniel was all smiles after landing the first one of the trip. He was especially excited since it was a small one and he was excited to hold it for his picture.IMG_0012

Noah was amazed at the fight from his shark! Prior to this trip, he had only pond fished for blue gill. Since this guy was about 3.5 feet long he took my advice and let me control it for the picture.

These boys really enjoyed battling these guys, however, they were just as excited to watch them swim away safely. I think they are already trying to convince their parents to come back for more. According to Steve, Daniel’s father, this trip was the most talked about event of their long weekend of fun.

Family “firsts”

I have had the pleasure of fishing with Jim on several occasions. Whether we are discussing fishing or baseball, this guy has a lifetime of stories! Today, however, saw a couple of “firsts” for his family. This is Jim’s first snook ever –

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In all of their years fishing together, today also had Jim’s son catch his first redfish also!

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I sure do enjoy helping families create some lifelong memories.

Making Memories

My clients today have been lifelong best friends. It was quite apparent by all of the good natured ribbing! By the end of the trip, Mike had caught his largest redfish to date.

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Of course David had to do something to one up his buddy. His first effort fell a little short, still a nice fish however.IMG_20160423_103503

The next fish made him high hook for the day. What a beast!IMG_20160423_103552

What a way to end the month!

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On March 31st, I took Nick sr, Madelyn, Nick jr, and Ethan out for a morning charter. Ethan (8 years old) caught the fish of the trip, a 32.5 inch 15 lb. redfish! This was his first redfish! There were plenty of fish caught by all. Nick jr is taking partial credit for the fish since it was his ladyfish that we cut up for bait.

That afternoon, I had the pleasure of assisting another youngster with her first redfish ever, also.2016-03-31 20.55.14

Jacqueline (10 years old) was so excited to get this one in the boat. We were fishing around a lot of oysters and the previous 3 fish cut the line. Her first redfish came in at 27 inches and a little over 7 pounds.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to help families make these lifelong memories! Hopefully these kids will be sending me pictures of their new personal record fish.

Better than coffee! 3/29/16

What a way to start a trip,20160329_074237

As my clients were getting out of their vehicle, I was in the parking lot trying to rush them to the boat.  I told them that I knew where some fish were that would provide us with instant action.  Bryan and his uncle Derek were in the boat for just a few minutes and they already had several doubles on Jack Crevalle. After the 6th double, Bryan said he was expecting a school of small fish when I told him we were going to catch right away.20160329_072800

After catching a few more, he looked at his uncle and said, “this is better than a cup of coffee”!

After a fun start with the jacks, we moved on to some redfish. The guys did really well with those also20160329_093541

Derek scored first with a nice 26 inch fish! Not to be out done, Bryan’s first redfish ever was a 29 inch brute!20160329_094726