Tag Archives: Spring Campaign 2015

Final Day Fishing in Louisiana

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20150327 - Final Day in LA (7)The sun came out brilliantly on our last day hunting Big Drum in the remote marshes of LA.  With the sun also came the opportunity to sight cast for the largest of the resident monsters.  Katie’s first big Black Drum on a fly was actually hooked in the early AM when we were socked in with thick cloud cover.  With the water being significantly off color, we were able to sight fish – not because we could see the fish cruising the bottom… we were able to spot them because the fishes upper back was actually out of the water!

Whereas big Redfish may run like a “Muscle car,” the Black are more like fighting a Tractor.  Katie’s fish was around 33 Lbs. and on an 8 Wt. rod, it provided an arm blaster workout.20150327 - Final Day in LA (3)

We also landed several big Reds in the 20 and 30+ Lb category as the day progressed on.  I must admit that the remote fly fishing for these magnificent fish (with no other fisherman within miles) is truly a special treat. Continue reading »

A Few From Yesterday

It was a great 58th birthday today with Captain Billy and Ron Burnside. Ron and I each landed a 34 LB Redfish (Ron’s within the first 15 minutes of the day and mine on the last cast of the day). My fish was likely a migratory fish that has been out to the ocean and Ron’s a resident fish that has never left the lagoon. Interesting how the only difference between the two fish was a 1/4 inch in length.

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Also, we sight cast to feeding Black drum and some very cautious mid-sized Redfish throughout the day.

More to follow as the Spring Field Campaign moves to Puerto Rico for Tarpon.

T.O.

A Few Of The Best Fish Photos – 2015 Spring Campaign

Report from the Chokoloskee, FL (aka The Everglades).

We had a very productive day with Captain John Stark catching many quality back-country Snook deep in the Everglades.  We missed on several really big Tarpon (150 Lbs.+) but we know where they live and will have another go tomorrow.  We are determined to get even and get Katie her first Tarpon on the incoming tide.

Attached are several outstanding pictures from multiple fishing sites over the past week.

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More to follow.

T.O.

Snook Anyone?

A great day fishing in Stuart with Captain George Gozdz (host of the Florida Sportsman Fishing Show “Reel Time”).

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Katie and I landed around 20 Snook and at least as many Jacks.  The largest Snook was around 20 Lbs and had a massive head that could easily swallow a softball.  Hooking and landing these ambush predators around the harbor obstructions is a real challenge.  Our hook to land ratio was only around 20% using 40 Lb. braided line and 40 Lb. fluorocarbon leader.  We believe that we had a few fish that could have tipped the scales at over 30 Lbs but we were unable to land them (nor did we even see some of them).

More to follow as we now shift the Spring Field Campaign to Boca Raton.

T.O.

Incredible Fish of the Amazon

Friends of FFP.

20150206-Amazon (2)These photos are from my friend Roger Chen who just returned from the Amazon.  Happiest I’ve ever seen him!

The diversity of species was exceptional with Peacock Bass, Wolf Fish, Payara, Piranha, and multiple Catfish.

The Payara (aka Vampire fish) tipped the scale at over 20 Lbs and the huge catfish was about 180 Lbs.

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More to follow over the next 60 days as Katie and I begin our Spring Campaign fishing expedition in GA (trout), FL (Redfish, Snook, Cobia, Wahoo, Permit and Bonefish), Puerto Rico (Tarpon and who knows what?) and Louisiana (Redfish and Black Drum) in late February and March.

T.O.