Guys Weekend 6/18/2016

It was a real treat to have Ryan and his son, Nick, on the boat again today.  As we were leaving the basin Ryan explained how this was a bachelor weekend for them as the girls in the family (his wife and two daughters) had gone on a trip to visit family. 20160618_065611

This was Nick’s first fish about 5 minutes into the trip. He was quick to tell his father that he was in the lead for the day.  After asking Nick if he was going to take it easy on Dad, since it was Father’s Day weekend, I was informed that was not going to be the case. The competition was on!20160618_081428

This guy came to win. He was quick to update the stats too. Even during the slow times he would remind us of the tally.20160618_083943

At the end of the trip, according to our score keeper, Nick pulled out the victory 9 to 4. Ryan was still all smiles. I could tell that this would not be the last time that he would be happy “losing” a competition to his son!

Thank you to all of the Father’s out there! I hope you have a great time with family this weekend.

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.