How NOT To Catch & Release Your First Redfish!

This one was tough to watch, while at the same time I couldn’t stop watching…

YouTube user “Fishing Infinite” was attempting to catch his first redfish on a fly rod at his grandparent’s house in Charleston, and he learned a valuable lesson about jumping in a marsh (and handling redfish).

We post this video not to make fun of this guy, but to save anyone else from making the same mistake.

I know from personal experience that it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of landing a fish, but it’s also important to think through your approach (especially if you are fishing by yourself).

The guy is lucky he escaped with just a few oyster infections and some ruined shoes… it could have been a whole lot worse.

As for the redfish, he claims it swam off happily.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but it looks like it could be a slot redfish. Not sure why you wouldn’t just eat him for dinner after all of that?

However, it did look more like a muddy catfish after the fight so I guess I can’t blame him…

Either way, I hope everyone can learn something from this. I’m sure this guy did.

Enjoy.

Thanks to Curry Belk for sending this over.

Related Post: “How To Properly Catch & Release Fish Without Killing Them” (see it here now)

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Meet The Man With The Tarpon Tattoo On His Back

The Red Hot Chili Peppers had Flea.

Well, Mexican fishing has Sandflea.

Never heard of Sandflea before?

He is a legendary fishing guide on the island of Holbox (it’s in Mexico where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean), and the locals know him as the man with tarpon tattoo on his back.

And anyone who has fished down there knows him to be one of the best guides to get you on tarpon.

Tons of tarpon.

Anglers from all over the world come to fish with Sandflea.

Check out this trailer the Fly Fishing Film Tour did.

Amazing job. Hope to get to meet this guy someday.

Related Video: “Kayaker Experiences One Of The Wildest Tarpon Fights Ever!” (see it here now)

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Watch These Guys Attempt The First Ever Inshore Grand Slam In Costa Rica!

The Costa Rica Inshore Grand Slam…

Permit.

Bonefish.

Tarpon.

All landed on a fly rod in the same trip.

Most of the locals in this part of the Costa Rican jungle say it’s never been done.

You see, these waters are known primarily for their monster tarpon, but rarely do you find permit and bonefish (unless you know where to look).

Check out the amazing trailer by Capture Adventures Media & Anglers Eye Media as they film anglers Mark Martin and Alex Beck trying to complete the very first Costa Rican Grand Slam.

I know I will be tuning into the IF4 (Fly Fish Film Festival) to see the full film.

How about you?

Enjoy.

Related Video: “These Anglers Will Do Just About Anything To Land Some Costa Rican Jungle Tarpon!” (watch it here now)

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Triggernometry: The Hunt For Elusive Tailing Triggerfish

I certainly don’t remember learning Triggernometry back when I was in school…

Check out this awesome short-film that Columbia put together on fly fishing for triggerfish off Farquhar Island (Seychelles).

They brought 6 top fly fishing guides to see just how well they could do when it came to catching tailing triggerfish.

Not as easy as it sounds.

But after a couple of days of getting skunked, the bite finally turned on.

Pretty awesome!

Have you ever caught a tailing, toothy, triggerfish before?

If not, might be time to study up on your triggernometry.

Enjoy.

Related Video: “This Is What Happens When A Triggerfish Gets The Ultimate Revenge On A Diver!” (watch it here now)

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Wait til’ You See Why This Guy Is Having His Best Redfish Day Ever!

This could be Redfish Heaven!

A while back I posted a video called, “The Biggest School of Redfish Ever Captured on Film” (if you never saw it, make sure to watch it here).

And in that Redfish post, I asked any and all anglers to send me video footage of a bigger school of redfish (if it existed).

I heard from a few people that had seen larger schools of redfish, but unfortunately, they didn’t have any video footage of it.

And then I heard from Harry Heath Huelsbeck from Pensacola, FL.

He sent me this redfish video below that was nothing short of AWESOME.

Not to mention, Harry accomplished the following feats with this redfish video:

  • Certainly the biggest school of redfish captured on film
  • He catches a ton of redfish on a fly rod
  • He puts in some fist-pumping music for some extra icing on the cake

Well done Harry.

It is pretty clear why you are screaming up at the sky yelling, “Holy Redfish School!”

And if this doesn’t get you fired up about catching winter Redfish, I can only assume you hate puppies and icecream as well.

Related Video: “These Two Girls Tear Up The Redfish Near Cocoa Beach, FL” (watch it here)

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The Best Tarpon Video To Come Out Of Mexico This Year.

It’s tarpon time!

Normally the best tarpon videos we’ve seen have come out of Florida… from Boca Grande to the Florida Keys to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area during the mullet runFlorida is definitely the tarpon capital of the world.

But today, we came across an awesome tarpon video out of Mexico.

These anglers went out with the Mendoza Fly Company and fished for tarpon in Ascension Bay, Mexico.

Check out the sick drone footage of them hooking into a tarpon, not to mention some of the other amazing “by catch” they landed while tarpon fishing in Mexico.

Looks like a must-do fishing trip!

Enjoy.

Related Video: “The Best Tarpon Video To Ever Come Out Of Boca Grande!” (watch it here now)

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Meet The 8th Grade Fly-Casting World Champion Prodigy [Video]

Ever heard of Maxine McCormick?

If you haven’t yet, you will.

Why?

This young gal from the San Francisco area (she is twelve years old and just had to miss her first week of 8th grade to compete with Team USA in the World Championship Flycasting event in Estonia) is breaking records left and right.

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Maxine McCormick getting interviewed about her love for fly fishing

Here are a just a few reasons you should keep on eye on this amazing (and very humble) angler:

  • She is already the most decorated fly casting female of all time.
  • She became the youngest gold medal winner at a world-class sporting event in history
  • She’s set an all-time record for accuracy with a fly
  • She’s been beating everyone around her since she was nine years old!

And yes, she does get out and catch fish with her mad skills!

How cool is that for a father to be able to do this every week with his daughter.

Good stuff. Keep up the great work Maxine!

Check out the video below where anchor Vern Glenn fishes with Maxine (Note: this video is from last year but it is the best one we could find on YouTube about Maxine McCormick)

Enjoy.

Related Post: “9 Amazing Reasons To Teach Your Kids To Fish” (see all nine here)

Related Videos: “Take A Kid Fishing Online Course” (get full access to the fishing course here)

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This Is What Happens When The Big Lebowski Goes Shark Fishing!

“Dude, we don’t wet a line on a Shabbos…”

This might be the coolest fly fishing video ever made!

Here are some of my favorite Big Lebowski quotes tied in with fishing. Can’t wait to see yours in the comments!

“F it Dude, Let’s Go Fishing”

“You don’t go out looking for fish dressed like that do you? On a weekday”

“This Shark aggression will not stand, man”

“This is what happens when you foul hook a shark, Larry”

“The center console really tied the boat together Dude”

“Brandt can’t watch this shark video… or he has to pay $500”

“Did I urinate on your boat?” “No, like I said, Woo urinated on the boat”

“What makes a fisherman, Mr. Lebowski?

“It’s Dude”

“Huh? Is it being prepared to catch the biggest fish… whatever the cost. Isn’t that what makes a man?

“Sure, that and a pair of testicles.”

The Dude Abides.

Brilliant work by Stripn Flywear! You guys are certainly Salt Strong in my eyes.

Enjoy.

Related Post: “Top 10 Funniest Fishing Jokes” (see them all here)

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Man vs. Tarpon: The Ultimate Tarpon Fight Captured On Film!

Remember last week when we published a blog asking if fishing was a sport or hobby? (see that post here)

Well, I think after you see this video below, we can all agree that fishing is a sport.

Watching this was giving me flashbacks of “Old Man And The Sea!”

Both the tarpon and the man were physically whipped… neither of them wanting to give up, give in, or accept defeat.

After one hour and 40 minutes of Man vs. Tarpon, they both win as man gets to touch the leader for a catch, while the tarpon gets to live another day with a quick release next to the boat.

The angler in the video is Harri Hotti, and you could tell he was used to being out there in his Maverick flats boat alone fighting silver kings.

Amazing fight!

Angler Harri Hotti = Salt Strong

Enjoy.

Related Video: “The Best Tarpon Video To Ever Come Out Of Boca Grande” (watch it here now)

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