Wednesday, February 29, 2012

winter trout fishing surprise

No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture.

Never know what you're going to accidentally hook into out there......even in the winter.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Got Grouper?

Pics from The Bite in Costa Rica this week. Not one, but 2 oversized groupers.....


As Ruby aged in her last years, Shamrock filled a void that his mother was leaving. As Ruby's joints and health gradually faded away, Shamrock and I spent more and more time together. We had said our good by's to Ruby every time that we would leave on a trip or when she was having a bad day.

It was unexpected and crushing to suddenly lose Shamrock this weekend. He was always ready to "go for a ride" no matter where that may have taken him, even Costa Rica for a season where he was Anna's beach buddy. A back yard tennis ball dog until Anna and I aquired him at 6 years old, he quickly found his way into our hearts and our house. He even turned into a really good duck dog.

He was loved and he knew that he was loved. We were not ready to lose him and we are struggling with his loss. In lieu of condolences, consider supporting a group that is warming the hearts of many animals that have never known the love that we were able to give our dogs and that they have given us.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Is this becoming a trend? A second Los Suenos tarpon?

Report and pic from Capt. Gary Today

This should spark a little interest. Killer top water bite in New Bern today. Nice limit of fish, with many more and this jumbo on top. A trout and a nice bass to round out the morning, even with 20 to 30 MPH winds!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

from my most entertaining inshore guide.....

.....other than Capt. Charles Brown

Heading to Greensboro/Raleigh

Look for our booth at the Greensboro boat show this weekend, we'll be there all weekend except after about 2 on Saturday, then heading to the Raleigh Safari Club Banquet that night. Hope to see you.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Anna on the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council

Although I (we) may not always agree with all of Anna’s positions, I think that we can agree that she has done a great job on the MFC. With her scientific background, level head and her open ear to the public, Anna’s primary concern is to protect the resource. But she often takes the more challenging path of trying to find ways to protect the resource and to minimize the impacts on recreational and commercial fishermen.

I hope that you will be able to support her in her bid on a federal level to serve on the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council and would be willing to give a letter/e mail or phone call to the governor’s office asking the governor to make Anna her preferred candidate for the seat.

Many thanks in advance,


A mailed or faxed letter should be addressed to the Governor and sent to the address listed below.
Office of the GovernorBoards & Commissions20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Fax: (919) 715-4239.

For phone calls contact either Jackie Kohler, Director or Elizabeth Buno, Assistant Director in our Boards & Commission Office. Here is there contact information:
Office of the GovernorBoards & CommissionsTelephone: (919) 715-0275

Email can be sent to the email listed and should be addressed to the

sure is cold up here

Some pics that Kyle sent me from his recent trip. Enjoy:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Good to have my camera back, some cool shots

Jacks and snappers on poppers with Jim Sailfish:

Then men in the blue suits:


"Reel Pokey, Reel"

John Boy Replies: "We don't call him Pokey for nuthin"

Triggers and Snappers: Switched to some little hooks and worked on these nice triggers. Yum, yum.

Pacific Tarpon

Yup, that's right, Pacific tarpon. There has been a steadily growing population that made it though the canal and are thriving in the coastal waters of Panama, even southern Costa Rica. I saw a pair about 10 years ago while fishing out of Quepos. These are pics of a tarpon caught yesterday by some of the guys fishing for roosterfish out of Herradura Bay. They hooked two of them and landed this little guy, almost inevetibly spawned in the Pacific.