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.