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FFP, LLC partners with IGFA

IGFA.org

Well, this just made my day.  The IGFA is going to use a large inventory of my photos for marketing and membership drive purposes.  This is a sample that was featured in their monthly newsletter for September.  The fish portrait of the Steelhead was taken in 2013 on Little Sandy Creek in Hamlin NY.  The angler was actually “The one and only” Rod Mergardt (our favorite coach).

More to follow.

T.O.

Making Lemonade

You’ve heard the saying… What do you do when life hands you a pile of lemons? Make lemonade.

Making Lemonade

That’s exactly what Billy Rotne, Rod Mergardt and I did when fishing in FL last week. In 4 days of fishing (hard), in perfect weather, we managed just three Redfish, two small Tarpon (in the 20 Lb range) and a handful of other “non-targeted” fish (shark, sea trout, catfish etc.). The lone highlight of the trip was a double hook-up by Rod and I with a 17.5 Lb. and 33 Lb. Redfish across from T.O.’s bar on Mosquito Lagoon. Rod also had a close encounter of the 4th kind with a baby manatee that was approximately 60 pounds.

Rod’s 17 lb Redfish also had an attached tag that revealed it’s growth and migration over the past several years. A very interesting report is attached. Continue reading »

Winter Field Campaign Update

The Winter Field Campaign with Captain Marty started with a sprint as Rod Mergardt, Lee Zipp and I landed 15 great fish with over 350 Lbs of combined weight.  The top 7 Redfish were 31, 31, 30, 28, 27, 26, and 24 pounds.   The black drum we landed ranged from 16 to 28 Lbs and Lee also landed two great Sheephead in the 5+ pound range.

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The weather cooperated far better than originally forecast with a thick blanket of cloud cover all day, temperatures in the 60’s and light winds.  Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for potential Thunderstorms in the AM but we will give it a go and see if we can get out in-between the storms.

A quick review of the pictures revealed a few great ones.  More to follow.

T.O.

Conclusion to the Fall Field Campaign in Yellowstone

20161104-conclusion-to-ffc-in-yellowstone-5Some photos from my last few days in Yellowstone National park with Rod Mergardt as it was a great Fall Field Campaign conclusion for MT. A cold start yesterday (at 17 degrees at 8:00 AM) but bluebird day with intense cobalt blue skies and warm temps by 3:00 PM (around 47 degrees). The fish were a little late in migrating up the Madison river out of Hebgen Lake this year (by about 2 weeks due to the changing climate impact) but they showed up in full spawning colors.

 

Our “secret spot” is Continue reading »

The Fall Fishing Campaign Concludes

The Fall Field Campaign concluded with an entertaining last couple of days where everyone landed new Brown Trout Personal Records.

Here are a few of the photos that made the day and entire trip memorable.

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Catch you next season!