Last Minute Plans

by Skinny Water Culture July 12, 2017

By Adam Mailliez

Covered in hydraulic fluid from head to toe and frustrated for missing a perfect day on the water – that is how my Saturday started.
Not exactly the best start to the weekend, but it happens, just had to roll with it and before I knew it was time to get cleaned up and get ready for a gathering of friends at Jeff’s house. We get to let the kids play and enjoy some drinks while telling fishing stories well into the night. These gatherings don’t happen nearly enough but they are always a good time. We arrived, and I was still frustrated about my broken boat and my lack of time and ability to fix it, I thought that it meant no fishing Sunday either.

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When it rains in June

by Skinny Water Culture June 06, 2017

By: Capt. Royce Dahnke (@realtrippymahi)


Fly fishing false albacore in the panhandle.

During late May and early June rain can bring some of the most action pact mornings a fly fisherman could possibly ask for. We’re not talking about ordinary rain showers, but more on the lines of acres and acres of rain.

After these rains, minnows cloud out the crystal clear waters of the northwest Florida coast, and following very close behind them are thousands of bonito aka false albacore or as the old schoolers used to call them little tunny.


These high speed little bruisers are dialed in on the abundance of food stretched for miles right off the beach and they are willing to eat every rain minnow in their way. As all the meat hunters in the panhandle area head out on their 30+ footers to chase king mackerel and red snappers many of them pass up a very underrated fish.

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Fishing the Flats The Mac Dill Air Force Base

by Skinny Water Culture April 25, 2017


The flats around the Mac Dill air force base have been off limits to boating and fishing since the events of September 11th, 2001. Since then the flats have been no-mans land and every seasoned bay area angler would be keen on any opportunity to drop a line. I opened a message from one of the guys at Operation Home Shores saying that they were opening the gates so to speak and allowing the public to fish the flats for a day. I needed to know more. I was then filled in with all the details required In order to participate in a day of fishing around the base.


I needed a few things: 1. Notify them of my desire to participate in the event, 2. Who my passengers will be, and 3. A background check on each attendee. The first person to come to mind was a cousin of mine that also happens to be Combat Arms Trainer at Mac Dill and owner of RK Training Dynamics.

Our sons are the same age so we often spoke of making a fishing trip happen, and the time was finally upon us. I called him up and we discussed a third member and quickly agreed his father-in-law would join us as well.

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ENP or Bust

by Chris Smith March 20, 2016

While timing and planning is always an important consideration, it often weighs too heavily on the mind and soul. Places and activities we have set apart for enjoyment are often […]

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Wednesdays Are For Wondering Pt. 1

by Chris Smith November 30, 2015

A dry boat meets the water and the day’s worries are left behind. The trailer creeks and clunks every mile until its rest. The screech of metal taught friction from […]

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Cold Case Vol. 1

by Chris Smith June 08, 2015

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 […]

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Water we Doing , Im Not Shore

by Kirk Laursen April 27, 2015

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 […]

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Once Upon A Time

by Tyler Davis April 03, 2015

I was fortunate enough to get up to Cedar Key with Chris of Spooled Reels to fish for some behemoth black drum on fly. Here is a short film Chris […]

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Incoming Tide

by Chris Smith March 05, 2015

Its not often I get that feeling inside that only someone who is truly happy gets. I’m not proud of this however I will not hide from it either. Something about […]

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Galveston Fly Fishing: Red Tide

by Jeremy Chavez January 12, 2015

Fly fishing for redfish in the marshes around Galveston Bay.

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The Addiction

by Dustin Pack November 26, 2014

I could start this post by telling you that I’ve fished my whole life, which would be true, in a way. As a kid I fished the lakes of Valrico,FL for […]

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Tying the KNOT pt.1

by Bill Katzenberger November 17, 2014

When my fiance and I decided to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon lots of stuff immediately raced through my head; beautiful islands, great weather, taking my first trip with […]

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West And East

by Carlos Baz August 27, 2014

I did not fish the tarpon migration this year. Nor did I give chase to hefty spring time redfish wallowing in a meadow of turtle grass or pot-bellied snook foraging before […]

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Road to Nowhere Trailer

by Jeremy Chavez July 18, 2014

Last May a group of friends traveled from Texas to the primitive snook and tarpon-laden backcountry of the southernmost tip of Florida. We had one goal in mind: to get […]

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The First of Summer

by Oliver Rogers June 25, 2014

My summer has been off to a fantastic start with a lot of fish mojo. It started off fishing down south with one of my good friends Charlie. The wind was […]

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Summer on the Road Part III

by Jeremy Chavez May 14, 2014

With day one in the books I was ready for an encore. Catching my first tuna and dolphin was a blast, but there was more fish to be caught. The […]

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Flamingo Reds

by Kirk Laursen May 03, 2014

It was an overcast, cold 6AM when my friend Calvin Neff ,from Arkansas, and I woke up. We got to the Pelican Cove in Islamorada the night before. We hurried […]

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25 Tarpon

by Carlos Baz May 02, 2014

My friend Richard, fellow NYC angler and aficionado of the southern skinny, sent me this video he put together from his last trip down to the wilds of the Florida Bay and the Keys. They launched […]

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One Vague Word

by Carlos Baz March 20, 2014

It was the third redfish we had seen since poling up onto the flat. Selfsame as the last two. Oversized and broad across the shoulders and neck where the small […]

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Window of Opportunity

by Oliver Rogers January 12, 2014

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and I hope that 2014 brings tight lines to all.  Over my Christmas Break, I was able to take a trip […]

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The 2013 Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship

by Carlos Baz October 22, 2013

I first learned of the Herman Lucerne Memorial  about three and a half years ago. It was during the wee hours of a Monday night. Or a Tuesday morning depending […]

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Grace The Wild Moor

by Carlos Baz September 28, 2013

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan     He was a child the first time he bore witness to small deaths being dealt in the gloom […]

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Every Opportunity Taken…

by Bill Katzenberger September 17, 2013

Once or twice a year I get to take a trip down to my favorite place in the world to wet a fly line, Everglades National Park. Growing up in […]

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Long Strip

by Jeremy Chavez July 23, 2013

A group of friends and I spent a week on Andros Island, Bahamas…Kaliks, Bonefish and the shenanigans that ensued…

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