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Some days everything just comes together - the weather is perfect, you pick the right fly, and you find the right spot. This was one of those days. After an evening of tying flies, I woke up and loaded my Bull Bay Rods 8wt “Excel” series fly rod, with my Waterworks Lamson fly reel, loaded it into my Native “Ultimate 12” kayak and off I went.

Published in South Atlantic
Friday, 13 September 2013 05:42

Tampa Bay Fishing Show

If you're looking for something to do in the Tampa Bay area this weekend (Sept. 14 & 15), check out the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature exhibitors and vendors, including presentations and products specifically related to kayak angling. See the information below for more details.

Published in Kayak Events
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 05:39

Dog Days Of Summer

Yep, the “Dog Days of Summer” are upon us. Stifling temperatures in the morning with high humidity and light winds can make for some really miserable kayak fishing conditions. Throw in mosquitos and no-see-ums, and you have a recipe for complete madness. Despite all this, those of us who pursue our obsession of chasing fish in little plastic boats go out in these conditions day after day.

Published in South Atlantic
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:14

Just Fish

Well before even a hint of sunrise, I met up with Bill Howard and Greg Becker to get another lesson in my flats fishing class. We readied our gear, and Greg handed me a VHF radio to communicate with the group. I put it in the bag on the back of my seat and we launched into the bay. As we paddled out, I had one goal in mind: to find my first ever snook.

Published in South Atlantic
Sunday, 21 April 2013 15:03

The Dangers of Discarded Fishing Line

WARNING: SOME OF THESE PICTURES ARE GRAHPIC AND MAY BE DISTURBING
A few weeks ago, I was fishing the south shore of Tampa Bay with my good friends Rik Llewellyn and Greg Becker. We were fishing opposite sides of a small mangrove island. I had just lost a pretty big snook which had taken my Heddon “Super Spook® Jr.” when Rik comes paddling around the far side right across where I had just lost this snook. As I yelled at him not to go across he just waved me off, saying “No, Bill - you need to get over here. We have a rescue mission to perform.”

Published in Spotlight
Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:58

“Seeing Spots”

Saturday, March 16 saw thirty eight anglers show up to compete in the fourth tournament of the Paddle-Fishing.com Challenge Series, “Seeing Spots in Upper Tampa Bay”. These tournaments have always been designed to take anglers out of their comfort zone and this one was no different. The tournament director for this event, Chris “ChrisR” Ravelo, called on “Nut’s Hookers” to supply two bucktail jigs, one each in brown and white, for each angler.

Published in Tournaments
Monday, 04 March 2013 19:52

Post Boondoggle Redfish Bonanza

Boondoggle 2013 at KARS Park, on Merritt Island, FL has come and gone. The weather was against us all weekend: rain all day Thursday, high winds Friday, cold winds Friday night, more wind on Saturday, bitter cold and even more wind Saturday night. But I can honestly say I had a great time. At my first Boondoggle, I met many people I have conversed with on the internet, so it was good to finally put faces to names.

Published in South Atlantic
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:23

First Tampa Bay Kayak Fishing Trip Of 2013

I had made plans for another “Last Trip of 2012”, but high winds and the flu kept me off the water until the 12th of January. I called up Team Becker, and we made plans to meet up at the local park. Greeted with a low tide and a slight breeze, we launched in search of some redfish.

Published in South Atlantic
Monday, 10 December 2012 08:27

Farewell to a good friend

I had the very good fortune to meet Joe Lineberry a few years ago after he was stationed at MacDill AFB. He was an avid freshwater fisherman, but was somewhat of a novice when it came to saltwater kayak fishing. After winning the National Championship of the Tropic Bay Kayak Fishing ClassicS this year, I would say he has come a long way in a short time. It was with deep sadness that we met this past Saturday to fish for what I hope wouldn’t be our last time.

Published in South Atlantic
Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:27

An Old Familiar Place

After a late night with the family in Orlando, my glaring alarm clock woke me up right on cue. It was time to fish. Who would join me on this cool and windy morning? Team Becker, Greg and Robert. I got there early and hit a few spots before they arrived and had absolutely no luck, so once we got them unloaded and rigged up, it was off to the flats.

Published in South Atlantic
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