For those of you that love fishing (and eating) Cobia, this video is going to be bittersweet.


Because although this is certainly the largest school of Cobia the world has ever seen, there are no fishing poles allowed in the area where they live.

Why is life so cruel?

What is going on here is a company called Open Blue, founded by Brian O’Hanlon, set out to Panama to create the world’s largest open-ocean fish farm.

And boy did they ever!

Just wait until you see all of the Cobia in this video.

Why Cobia you ask?

According to their website, a single 7-oz serving of their open water Cobia has the same Omega 3 as 67 7-oz servings of rib-eye steak.

Pretty cool.

And if you haven’t eaten Cobia before, you are missing out. One of my favorite fish to eat.

Keep up the great work Open Blue! We love cobia here at Salt Strong, and we will be happy to taste test it whenever you need help…


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No matter what you call it, landing a 40+ inch snook is something special…

And it’s a fish that drives many inshore anglers crazy.


Let’s just say there is a reason a snook reaches 40+ inches…

It’s been able to outsmart, outswim, and survive many years of anglers throwing plugs, live bait, and flies in its face.

Not to mention, avoid being eaten by sharks and dolphin…

So it’s no easy feat to get one of these monsters to inhale your lure or topwater plug.

Just ask Capt. Archie Hager…

He’s been down near Boca Grande chasing slobs for years.

Wait until you see the video he, Jeff Thompson, and Mac Hoover put together.


Enjoy and well-done gents.

The Search For 40-inch Snook

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Pretty awesome snook video, huh?

It certainly has me itching to go searching for 40+ inches on topwater.

There’s just nothing like seeing one of these big girls come up and hit something on the surface.

So what’s your biggest snook?

Let me know in the comments.

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Holy School Of Redfish!

Ever since we posted the video, “The Biggest School of Redfish Ever Captured On Film?” (watch it here), we have been trying to find redfish videos that would beat it.

We had a couple of video submissions from Salt Strong subscribers with some epic redfish footage, but no one ever sent us anything like you are about to see below.

A Massive School of Redfish captured on an underwater camera.

According to the video notes, this was all filmed at St. Andrews State Park near Panama City Beach.

Ever seen this many redfish underwater?

Let us know in the comments.


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Fish On!

Well, here’s some proof that it doesn’t need to be warm in order to land a slob snook on a topwater lure…

In fact, it was sub-60 degrees according to angler Lawson Lindsey who caught this really nice snook on a topwater red/white Heddon Spook.

Watch as Lawson stays perfectly calm after a few missed strikes and sets the hook once he feels the fish on.

Well done man!

The biggest mistake many anglers make in a situation like this is trying to set the hook during one of those misses.

This will make any fisherman want to throw on a topwater and go after some lunker linesiders.

Enjoy and Fish On!

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Holy Goliath Grouper Honey Hole!

After watching countless videos of anglers pulling up Goliath Grouper in and around the famous old phosphate dock at Boca Grande, I always knew that there must be a bunch of them down there.

And after fishing around this area many times and getting broken off in the pilings, I knew there must have been tons of grouper down there…

But I had no idea it was packed wall to wall with them.

Make sure to watch the entire video to see just how big this school of Goliath Grouper really is.


The diver, explorer, and photographer David Vanden Bosch (aka Diver Dave) was the guy who captured all of this amazing footage last month while down at the bottom of the old Boca Grande Phosphate Dock.

To say that those old pillars were LOADED with fish is an understatement.

Not only did he find what could be the world record Goliath Grouper hideout, but he also saw snook, snapper, spadefish, and even a toadfish!

Great job David! Thank you for sharing this amazing dive with us.

I know there are countless anglers that have always wondered what the view was like down there.


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Holy snook catch on the year!!!

Or should I say holy on the money cast of the year!

Wait until you see this video below (filmed on my iPhone 7)

Here’s the backstory…

While we were having our Salt Strong “Monday Company Meeting,” I happened to be standing by the glass window and couldn’t help but notice that there was a snook sitting right down near the water’s edge waiting to ambush the bait fish that are known to roll through the area (turns out there were two snook).

I mentioned the snook to Luke and we all agreed it was worth ending our meeting early to see if we could get a cast on the snook without spooking it.

So we told Tony (who was still on the conference call line while we debated what lure to use) that we’d call him back after we did some snook balcony fishing (probably the first time that had ever been said on a business conference call).

Thankfully we had a rod ready, and Luke got the honors to see if he could catch a snook from three stories high.

Not only were we 3 stories up, but it is a pretty long distance from where we were to where the snook was and there was a tall palm tree in the way.

But Luke had his magic touch, and after a money cast that had the lure go just a few feet in front of the snook, a botched second cast, his third cast had the lure bounce just inches from the snook’s nose, and the snook couldn’t resist!

Thankfully we had three of us there as Will was able to run down, catch the rod, and land the snook.

Talk about an amazing way to end your Monday morning meeting.

Enjoy the first ever snook fishing from a balcony (video shown below).

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Tarpon season is fast approaching so we are gearing up for a new Tarpon Strong shirt.

After asking a handful of anglers what they wanted to see, we heard everything from:

  • A red, white, and blue “Freedom Tarpon”
  • To reinstating our Original “Tarpon Strong” design

So we decided to take it to the Fishing Tribe to see what you think.

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Who’s really at fault for the pitiful 3-day red snapper season for recreational anglers?

  • The commercial fishermen?
  • The “Red Snapper Sea Lords?”
  • The for-hire fishing charters?
  • NOAA?

Ever since the news of the 3-day (72 hours) federal red snapper season in the gulf, there has been a lot of angry fishermen, a lot of finger pointing, and a lot of inconsistent (and many times incorrect) information being spread around social media.

So we decided to head over to Hubbard’s Marina to interview Capt. Dylan Hubbard who seems to know more of the facts about red snapper than anyone else online.

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(see Dylan’s post below the video)

The REAL FACTS About The 2017 Red Snapper Season

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IF YOU CARE ABOUT OUR FISHERY, THIS IS A MUST READ from Hubbard’s Marina about the issues facing our federal fishery in the Gulf of Mexico… time to stand up for your rights:

Hubbard’s Marina DOES NOT and has NEVER SUPPORTED SECTOR SEPARATION so before you think that we are happy with 3 day season for recreational anglers and our 49 day season for red snapper first realize that we have vehemently opposed this idea since it was first ever discussed and begged the recreational anglers to get involved in fighting against Sector separation (amendment 40) when that didn’t work we waiting till the sunset provision when it came up for a reinstatement and again we vehemently opposed it and urged recreational anglers to join us.

Despite our opposition and actually, a majority of fed permitted for-hire sectors opposition the amendment was pushed through. (More than 3/4 of for-hire sector opposed this still don’t know how it was passed) However, Sector separation is now law, there’s nothing more we can do about it but we still have to unite.

Due to this ‘sector separation’ we now have THREE SEASONS for federal water red snapper fishery in the gulf, 3 days for rec anglers, 49 days for fed permitted for hire anglers, 365 days for commercial anglers
**THIS IS NOT ANY ANGLERS FAULT and is totally unacceptable

THE GOAL OF THIS IS TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER ANGLERS, BY GETTING YOU TO BLAME for hire and the commercial sector if the recreational anglers feel annoyed and hate towards for hire and commercial because they have more days the people who actually make the laws (NOAAs NMFS) are not to blame

Why do you think they include commercial landing numbers in recreational announcements? This is purely a propaganda technique in our minds to get the sectors fighting against one another

3 day red snapper season for rec sector is caused by states being out of compliance. Texas has totally succeeded and has a year-round red snapper fishery and has done this for years. Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have all increased state seasons well out of compliance with fed season. Due to all of this, the feds have penalized the rec sector season and seems to be softening up rec sector to accept the future plan of special interest groups to make fish tags or IFQs mandatory in fed waters for rec sector.

Special interest groups like Ocean conservancy and EDF have hijacked the gulf council and NOAAs and NMFS and is using them to twist the country’s regulatory group from managing the fishery for the citizens to saving the fish from the citizens who actually pay the salaries for the gulf council and NOAAs NMFS.

You MUST start to stand up for your rights, YOU must get education on the issues at hand, and you MUST get involved… if your sitting there reading this thinking ‘I don’t fish for red snapper why should I care’ well they are coming for your species next you think your safe inshore… time to wake up once they are done in fed waters you can bet your inshore fishery is next. They started in the Northeast and have moved down Atlantic coast into the gulf look at the stripper and fluke regulations and issues over past decade in the northeast this is what we have to look forward to.
The only way to fix these issues is by the majority of anglers waking up and saying that’s enough.

We must unify, stop blaming your fellow angler… it’s not the commercial anglers or for-hire angler’s faults, its NOAAs NMFS who makes the regulations based on self-admitted flawed data not your fellow anglers.

All this to say before you complain about the three day rec season why don’t you get involved and do something about it like the for hire and commercial sectors have done for decades!

Also, another example of us at Hubbard’s Marina putting recreational angler’s rights first… Remember the gulf head boat collaborative that so many supported that allowed local fed permitted boats to keep gags out of season with special tags that Hubbard’s Marina opposed and didn’t get involved in costing us as a company business because we were standing up for recreational anglers rights that was the infancy of IFQs and that’s coming next!
Personal note: I, Capt Dylan Hubbard pledge to continue the fight for angler’s rights as my grandfather and father have done before me. As a fourth generation local offshore angler I feel that these issues facing our industry are very appalling and only getting worse. The only way to stop it is through educating the mass recreational angling sector and getting everyone inshore and freshwater anglers alike to unite and fight before they start moving inshore… This is not just a Gulf of Mexico federal waters issue, look at what has happened along Atlantic coast and in Alaska now happening in the gulf. Don’t think it will be long till they move into the back bays and your local lakes.

I personally am a life member of CCA, Board member of FGA, and been an active FRA member since I was able to comprehend the issues (attended the first meeting well before I had a driver’s license) and I feel that if you get involved with groups like these despite what you may here from a few jaded anglers or people who are looking for a reason not to get active they allow you to stay informed by their newsletter announcements, great informative meetings, their websites and great members… through networking at these different organizations I have been able to form my own educated opinions over the past 14 years (I am only 26) and it has been a blessing to be able to learn from some of the industry’s best!

I personally feel the following goals will really help our cause and what I personally work towards

  • Getting rec sector involved and plugged in by getting educated, involved (by joining FGA, FRA, CCA or any angler advocacy group and telling their friends to as well), and then showing up to meetings or calling their congressman or writing them or both
  • Getting the 3 sectors to get together and communicate (rec sector, for hire, commercial) we got to each fight for what we each need, but also we cannot fight each other we got to unite together against the people using self-admitted flawed data to make these regulations and make mid-season closures costing our state billions of dollars in tourism revenues
  • Must call for accountability for NOAA’s NMFS and Gulf council shouldn’t be able to close billion dollar fisheries with little to no notice and no oversight
  • Must address outdated data collection and the fact the NMFS is using self-admitted flawed data to regulate our fisheries in fed waters
  • Address issues with MSA (Magnuson-Stevens Act) allowing ‘best available science’ to be a convoluted moving target and how it’s very narrowly focused. The resulting management system is based on commercial fisheries management concepts like “maximum sustainable yield” and poundage-based “annual catch limits” that are monitored in real time. Given the nature of recreational fishing, which is based more on the experience than maximizing harvest, this type of management is generally not feasible or appropriate. Due to the inability to manage it in real time due to inability to collect real data the old phone surveys should be made illegal, it should be criminal to still be using this type of data collection to limit our federal seasons

This commercial based focus through IFQs will not work for the for hire or recreational sectors, because these two sectors must be managed under traditional management measures, seasons, bag limits and size limits NOT IFQs or fish tags. The opportunity to fish needs to be sustained, the fish tag or IFQ philosophy will not work for these sectors because out of the 100% of the rec efforts only 20-30% will catch fish and the remaining effort is all about the opportunity to catch fish and this effort supports bait shops, tourism and more. This opportunity needs to persist and the only way it can is through ensure this IFQ commercial system is not pushed onto for hire or rec sectors

We personally still identify as recreational anglers, and if you’re reading this at home thinking to yourself, “yeah you might identify as recreational anglers but you have 46 days more of red snapper” again this is NOT OUR FAULT and we vehemently opposed it from the start.

disappointed these issues have allowed NOAAs NMFS to divide and conquer our fishery I hope to one day help pave the way for the sectors to unite and stand up against these heinous management practices and the poor data being used to reduce our federal recreational seasons to nearly NOTHING

Remember my grandpa’s saying? “If you’re too busy to go fishing, you’re just too busy!”
Hoping my future generations will be able to fish offshore… we need your help!


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FOR HIRE FED PERMITTED SEASON opens 6/1/17 and closes 7/20/17 12:01am (49 days)
recreational angling season is sadly only 6/1/17 until 6/4/17 at 12:01am (3 days)

June 5 – 8, 2017
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475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103

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Even though Florida and Louisana get most of the credit for the best redfish states in the south, don’t forget that Texas has its fair share of red drum.

To me, watching a tailing redfish never gets old.

It’s up there with watching a good campfire.

Check out this awesome tailing footage that angler Will Myers captured on film.

All of it occurred on mid-coast Texas flats.


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