I was in Orlando, Florida during March break this year. My Dad and I both like fishing, so we went out with a guide called Capt. AJ Jackson to Lake Tohopekaliga. I was getting really bored because my Dad was catching all the fish and so I got annoyed and when the next fish hit I swiped the rod and then I was in. I was pretty scared, because the fish looked huge when it jumped and so I was worried I might get pulled into the water. I was fighting the fish for a few minutes and finally I got it in. Capt. Jackson pulled the fish on board the boat and then it was paparazzi time. I was amazed at how massive this fish was. I’ve caught Bass before, but nothing like this. Capt. Jackson told me that this was a once-in-a-lifetime fish – ten pounds, he said. He even put a picture on his website. My picture shows up after a few other people’s. We released the fish after the pictures were taken.
My Dad and I headed down to the Lake. We have a little dinghy that we paddled into the deeper part of the basin and anchored. We were casting for about 20 minutes, when a massive hit on a spoon made me jump. I gripped it hard as the fish tried to get away. I think I fought it for about 10 minutes. The fish went around the dinghy and tried many short runs, but my drag was pretty firm, so he didn’t go too far. It’s bad when they go under the boats, because then they snap the line. Once it tired, I reeled it closer to the boat and my Dad netted it for me. My arms were so tired afterwards. That was the hardest fighting fish I have ever caught and the biggest. It was 37″ and 22.5 lbs. I couldn’t fish anymore after that.
If you haven’t been following our Twitter or Instagram feeds you’ve missed out on some fantastic winter fishing. Don’t worry, we’ve uploaded all of our best photos to our winter steelhead fishing gallery and we’ll continue to update it as the remaining weeks of winter pass. Clive was also in attendance this trip, but we couldn’t put him on his first fish of the year.
If you are reduced to shore fishing like some sort of filth animal, much like we often are, this video is proof that you can still get into big fish from shore. This big fall muskie measured exactly 52 inches!
My good friend Phil alerted me to this fantastic swordfish tattoo by artist Matt Adamson. It’s difficult to understand the placement of the tattoo from the photos below but it looks to me like the tops of the shoulders, as if the swordfish has gone through the neck. Matt is [...]
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The fishing season is off to a fantastic start this year! Last weekend marked the opening of trout season here in Ontario and though I was only able to get out yesterday, my friends and I still managed to have a fantastic day on the river. We woke up early [...]
We haven’t done a caption contest in a while, mostly because it takes a very special picture or video to inspire us. Today we have a video so wild we couldn’t even describe it! Hopefully you’ll have better luck though. The best description of this video left in the comments [...]
Fishing Camp is a fishing trivia board game from Education Outdoors aimed to please the whole family. Supporting up to eight players as young as four years old, the game separates trivia questions into four levels. Level one questions are simple, like identifying fish species or fishing tackle. The difficulty [...]
My XTRATUF II boots have been the footwear of choice for winter fishing this year and they’ve been fantastic on every outing. I’m sad that they’ll be put away in the next few weeks as summer approaches, but I’m very happy knowing they’re ready and waiting for next winter. When [...]
Earth Day 2013 is here! When is Earth Day? Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series [...]