Few experiences can compare to wading and sight fishing a saltwater flat for bones and perms. The water is crystal clear requiring your senses to be at their highest operating capacity as you await that one shot at glory. Sometimes, it can be virtually impossible to see an approaching bone, especially on a cloudy or windy day. The permit are far easier to see in my eyes, but catching them? That’s an entirely different story. It’s been a long time since I’ve played that game and I really miss it. I’ve filled the void in my soul by targeting the freshwater equivalent: cyprinus carpio, otherwise known as the “common carp”. It was the carp that prepared me so well for my saltwater forays in the Caribbean and sight fishing for them reduced my learning curve on the flats. As I patiently await my next sojourn south, I am still practicing. I’ve found tidal carp to be the closest equivalent to the “real” thing and I learn something new about their behavior after every outing.
Welcome to July’s Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
You have until Sunday night at 8pm to tie the fly posted below to the best of your ability. Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort. Winner of this weeks challenge will receive a one of a kind HCFT Mossy Oak hat and other goodies.
Nothing but Rollers on a mission in the Florida Keys.
This past May I was luckily invited to join on an annual Everglades Camping trip in search of fish with the boys from Texas. This video is full of clips from our entire week searching for fish and life at camp. It was definitely an experience that I always dreamed of, from the camping to the fishing we had a spectacular time. I could’t have asked for a better time full of mosquitoes and great company. If you haven’t yet check out last years video that Jeremy Chavez put together make sure to check it out the link youtube.com/watch?v=WABLTNXqSrs
The early morning sky was a fire. I had received reports of “Bruiser” and his “gang”, running about in the creeks and tidal ponds. The mosquito cuts were a necessary route of passage for these young bloods and O.G.’s of the mud. I set out to find an operative to help locate and discipline the group. I needed a real brawler if you know what I mean, knock down and drag out kinda guy. This would be no easy task and I felt assured that my companion and I could locate and apprehend the culprits. Reports of him and his buddies beating down the grass shrimp and mullet were all too common. We set out in the new caprice that Unlimited Glass works supplied us. One heck of a step up from our last cruiser. Read More…
Here are a couple go pro clips from a recent trip to the Bahamas. Should have recorded more, maybe next time. Always a hard decision to focus on fish or try to get media….as I get older I seem to focus more on relaxing and fishing. I guess it’s a part of the evolution everyone goes through. Either way these little videos are fun to look back on a few years later so I’m glad I took the time the last few years. Enjoy…
Welcome to the new and improved version of our Tie One Off challenge. Remember, in order to be eligible for the prize you must be signed up for our SWC Newsletter. You can sign up under the Newsletter heading on this page half way down on the right hand side of the screen.
You have until Sunday night at 8pm to tie the fly posted below to the best of your ability. Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #tieoneoff #hcft #skinnywaterculture. Or post it directly to our Tie One Off posts on the SWC or HCFT Facebook pages. The winner will be selected at random, quality of the fly does not matter as long as you put forth the effort.
Winner of this months Tie Off will win a one of a kind HCFT shirt, a HCFT hat and a HCFT stalker mask (not even for sale yet).
Good luck and happy tying.
Late afternoon mission in search of Monster Snook with Jason.
The old man parked his minivan streamside and approached the bridge to inspect a pool he may have fished over a 1,000 times. Although Ryan and I were zeroed in on one particular fish, he had several questions for us.
“It’s been pretty slow out here huh? said the old man.
I replied, “It’s been alright,” even though the fishing had been quite good the previous day and a half…
Keep in mind I haven’t offshore fished in like 2 years let alone by my self so I absolutely suck . The day started on friday after school when we headed to the the beach house on Pompano. We went and got ice cream from Razzleberrys from the beach and went to the food festival later that night .We woke up at 5:30 and went to the bait shop . We cruised out of the marina on Stefans Robalo 222. We went out of hillsboro inlet and headed to 415-500 feet. Dropped in a rigged Ballyhoo. While everyone else slept I drove and waited .Not long before I decided to let out some more line. Turned around and got a tug right away at first we thought it was seaweed, nope just a micro mahi being dragged on the top of the water. I was pretty hyped thinking that we weren’t gonna catch anything to be honest.
Then we got back fishing. With everyone woken up we decide to reel in our lure to see if their was any sea weed on the lure. While this was happening we got a bite, not a little one too. Meanwhile Vandy was on the front of the boat throwing up some milk and donuts. As this is happening the other rod goes off and I set the hook and fish on . I already Caught one and I wanted vandy to get some action too, So I tell him to come get he walks to our end of the boat dizzy and wiping puke of his face he takes the rod and decides he’s just gonna reel it upside down cause its to hard to reel fish in normally while seasick. We land the mahi and move on to stefans fish. We fought our other fish for a solid 10 minutes till we saw it. We knew it was either a kingfish or a wahoo we were pretty happy to see if it was a wahoo and not a kingfish. Gaffed it first try and got it in the boat.
Overall sick day to be our first time offshore fishing alone .
Here are some pictures from the trip
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