Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Arrives!

Spring is here. I can't believe how fast the winter flew by. Other than being very windy it was a fairly mild winter here in The Everglades. Due to the winds most of the time was spent fishing in many of my back country areas. This winter season has been my most busiest so far and even though things are slowing down I will still be fairly busy through the next month or so before I take an extended break. Many of my clients this year were repeats from years past but also many newcomers and it has been a joy to introduce them to my Everglades and to fish with me. I have some great memories of these trips and I'm sure they have them also.   

The fishing this winter has been generally pretty good. Of course there have been some slower days. Not many trout this winter but I haven't gotten out in the more open waters where I have my trout spots. Most fish caught this winter has been snook and even though there are tons of smaller fish around quite a few larger fish were caught. Most of the redfish caught have all been a good size this year. Being mostly in the back country of course there have been tarpon around and though not many in the boat but there were some nice hookups with a few nicer size juveniles up to around 30lbs. Miscellaneous other fish caught were jacks, mangrove snapper and ladyfish.     

I've been kind of off the grid getting involved with anything to do with the kayak fishing world recently because of being so busy with my kayak fishing charters but I try and follow whats going on. The sport has become very popular from what I can see throughout the country (and world) and is continuing to grow. Along with the growing sport comes a multitude of related new company's, Kayaks, accessories and tackle to name some. My little rant this week is about many of the "Pro-Staffers" out there. Along with those who went out and caught a few nice fish and decided they were worthy to become a guide comes the pro-staffers. There has always been those that were sponsored and those that were on pro staff's. It has become a lot more popular and a great marketing strategy for many company's to get the word out there about their product but, there appears to be as of late many new pro staffers out there who appear to be confused as to what a pro staffer is and what the Pro stands for, it is Promotional and not Professional. I believe a true pro-staffer is one who believes in a product enough to help promote it and not one who is on a pro-staff only for the benefits of getting free or discounted items. I've turned down many company's to promote their product only because what I already use I know works for me. On the right side of the page are some company's who sponsor me and who I am on the pro-staff with such as, Native Watercraft as an example which I used years before I was accepted as an endorsed guide. I use their kayaks because they work for me and the terrain I fish in. I promote them because I believe in the boats...    

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