People say that Florida is flat. This is because it is quite flat. However, when you take into account the massive thunderheads that form in the summer, you can get quite a range of visual topography. It rivals any mountain range in the world. I've been fishing and watching these massive storms boil on the horizon. It's amazing and constantly in flux.
The fishing has been status quo. Lots of snook at night. Lots of trout all day. Catfish, redifish, and ladyfish spread around the flats. It's hot by 10:00 am and you don't want to go back out there til' at least 6:00 pm unless it gets overcast. Nothing really amazing in terms of fishing, just nice steady action.
You hippies will be just pleased as punch about this report. It's more colorful than a tie-dye and has more nature and landscape shots than a Greenpeace brochure. So, tie back your dreadlocks, grab a handful of sprouts, throw on that Enya album and enjoy, dirtbag!
See? Every day it gets like this.
I've been watching these mangroves grow for like 10 years. It's not the fastest process, mangrove growth.
As you can see, I caught this redfish on a black and white clouser I tied myself. The pinnacle of angling achievement. I am awesome.
The anvil tops of thunderheads are from scraping against high winds as they expand upwards.
Hippy photography discussion: "Whoa." "Dude." "Whoa." "Dude." (repeat 10x)
I tried and tried to revive this fish. Finally, I just added it to my creel.
If you look closely you'll see the paragliders.
I like to fish lures until they're completely torn apart. A lure without a tail is just a shorter lure with less action. It's all about presentation!
This is a 280 lb. tarpon. I caught it with a purple and white deceiver I tied from my own hair. I used a fly rod I built out of bamboo. I grew the bamboo myself and watered it with tears. I spun the line out of lawn clippings and spider silk. This photo is actually a drawing so the fish would not be harmed in any way. I am such a tool.
Millions of these under the lights and out on the flats at night. I need to start bringing out a big rod with a circle hook. Ladyfish are incredible bait.
These were swarming through the lights and jumping in the boat from all over the place. I found one in my shirt pocket!
This snook was actually not under the lights but hanging out on a oyster bed in the dark.
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Trout on strike king jerkbait with cloud reflection.
Oysters are sharp but quite tasty.
Nice cool blue sky. Ironically it's about 95 degrees out.
Ye ole' seatrout shot.
I love the fishing and weather in July. Amazing time to be anglin' in Sarasota.
“When I found the skull in the woods, I called the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns.”
- Jack Handy