The new issue of Fort Lauderdale Magazine has hit the news stand. Just in time for our local Boat Show. Keeping with the boating lifestyle of South Florida, this issue cover features a Hatteras motor yacht I shot for a recent client.
Here is actual proof that even in the Kumbaya spirit of the animal kingdom, there are rat bastard snitches. While cruising along the SoFlo coast I found this breakaway school of baitfish pointing the finger, literally, at a smaller school of weak and innocent baitfish. I could almost hear them whispering “Cast over here…”
Time for the Giant Bluefin Tuna to show themselves here in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. We’re back in Nova Scotia to do some catch and release. Blue sky, light winds, and 50 degree air makes for some ideal conditions this morning. Now we just have to go to sea and find the bite…
Any photo I post today, other than a tuna fish, is not a good sign. That’s what can happen on the first day of a short season. We explored the grounds on day one and didn’t get a bite.
A pretty day and a beautiful sunset.
Lots of marine scenes around the wharf.
Tuna, no. But the Herring have made a showing and the gill net fleet is starting to pick away at the early arrivals.
A raised deck made of fish boxes makes for a place to shake the nets and pour the fish.
A group of Herring boats, a rolling sea, and a slow exposure creates a sea of string light.
First in the rotation in the chair today is Capt. Gene VanDer Hoek. Mark and Anthony couldn’t be any happier.
Bites at sunset make for a spectacular backdrop.
One of the many benefits of fishing aboard a commercial vessel, is the full sized patio gas grill on the aft deck. Mark the grill master at work.
Hauling back at dawn revealed a nice patch of herring from the gravel bottom.
All the way from Alaska, Capt. Crusty gets it done just after sunset.
Hammer time for Mark in the chair. Poor fish didn’t stand a chance. Turned out to be a nice one. See below…
With nothing of reference it’s hard to tell, but this fish would have likely tipped the scales over 850lbs. The crew popped in the Sat tag and sent it on it’s way.
More Herring boat art. Tonight I added some blue glow in the water from the floodlights during this 4″ exposure.
Herring row, three ways. In various stages of maturity and color.
No fishing today leaves time for a walk down the wharf for some color.
And then the rain set in. Which left me with nothing to shoot but rental house interiors.
It’s time to go stand next to your fishing pole.
You think he might jump?
Waiting for the proper shot with a satellite tag
Fresh Scallops and bacon anyone?
Another custom jewel has been delivered by the team at Weaver Boatworks. And they continue to amaze with their attention to detail of both the small things, and the big picture. This is one bad ass 80′ sport fisherman. We pulled this photo shoot together in time to make the deadline for the October issue of Marlin Magazine. Below are just a few of the shots I thought showed this vessel in her best light. More photos can be seen on my web site and searching for Escapade. Thanks to the guys at Florida Coast to Coast Helicopters for making it happen.
Built for the owner who spends lots of time anchoring and flats fishing in remote parts of the caribbean. Matching custom flats skiff completes the package.
My version of crop circles.
Does a bridge layout get any cleaner?
The split level salon of an 80′ boat allows for plenty of seating and creature comforts.
Ample cold storage in the galley.
His and hers sinks in the master.
How about a pair of SeaKeeper gyros to smooth things out.
16V MTU power plants give her amazing speed.
Hatteras Yacht’s newest ad has hit the street. This piece is for their GT series of sportfishing boats, and encourages readers to visit them at the FLL boat show and see their new GT70. The photo they chose for this campaign is from a series of high energy shots I took from a chase boat in San Juan harbor. It was all I could do to hang on to my camera while 40 sportfishing boats powered up and out the inlet during a Bimini start. This Hatteras GT caught some boat wakes just right and was almost launched while passing in front of El Morro castle. She landed gently and flew past.
Calm weather, apex predators, and a team of marine scientists. Has all the makings for an interesting photo shoot. And it’s going down right now in Isla Mujeres. The goal is to put satellite tags in these animals to learn more about their movements. More to follow…
We didn’t catch many, but at least it was rough. This four minute clip from my last trip to Australia will show you what I mean.
The July moon is ramping up and so is the fishing. With 10-15 boats fishing the North Drop each day, the number of marlin bites has been increasing each day for the fleet. One or two bites per boat turned into 2 releases per boat yesterday. A mild tropical wave is rolling thru today ahead of the start of 50th annual July Open Billfish Tournament this weekend. Stay tuned for a fishing report.
The bite. What can I say, the bite on the pitch bait is what it’s all about.
Last week I was invited to go bass fishing. Something I haven’t done in 20 years. The best part is that the location was just an hour drive away. Our morning half day charter began with a meeting in a Home Depot parking lot where we met Capt. Roger Gonzales. He is one of the guides with BassOnline.com. A short drive away to some private property that only he has access to and we were launching the skiff. This location was a bit sparse on the scenery and natural beauty that most fishing trips provide, but I quickly got over that when the Peacock Bass started biting. These are amazing little fish. We did some sight casting with top water plugs to fish along the shoreline. And some slow trolling with live shiners along the drop off. The topwater bites are remind me of a Jack Crevalle, fast and aggressive. Our biggest catch was about 4 lbs, with plenty of smaller fish. Even a few Largemouth Bass too. All in all, a great trip full of action. Roger runs a fantastic charter operation and really knows hows these fish think and how to get them to bite. I highly recommend a fishing trip with him if you want to see some South Florida Peacocks.