Heather Smith Editor at FFM
Tuna Town , Venice La.
Jadens Fishing Story
Gale Force Twins
Tortuga Custom Rods
Steph Sirotzke - Vitamin Sea
In This Issue
Heather Smith Oudoors FFM Editor and Writer
Tuna Town , Venice La pg3
Hubbards Marina Pg 13
Inshore adventures with Skye pg 31
Freshwater fishing report with Rick Southerland pg38
Vitamin Sea by Steph Sirotzke pg 46
Capt Craig Korczynski Fishing Reports pg 57
Gale Force Twins pg 61
The Love of My Life by Allison Helen Hendricks 70 pg
Jaden's Story by Pamela Anne Dolan pg 82
Readers Features pg 86
Venice, Louisiana is the last community along the Mississippi River accessible by a vehicle, earning it the name "The end of the world". Located where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico, the thriving fishing community is referred to as the Sportsman's Paradise. From inshore fishing in the marsh and flats, to the spectacular offshore fishing in the canyons and around oil platforms, this is a species rich environment and a bucket list location for any avid angler
Heather Smith - Venice La. Tuna Town
Venice is consistently ranked as one of the top destinations in the world for Yellowfin Tuna. On both of my trips there this year (February and July) I limited out on Yellowfin with Super Strike Charters. We caught a couple of black fin tuna as well and an Oceanic Triggerfish that rivaled the current state record. While the three of us were tripled up on tuna, we had the delight of watching a Marlin shoot across the water giving us an unexpected and jaw dropping ariel display. If Posiedon had a chosen playground, surely this was it.
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This trip we were in luck and it was American Red Snapper season. The limit in Louisiana is 5 per person, and we were all very eager to pack our freezers with this bottom dwelling delicacy. After limiting out on Tuna and seeing a few Triple Tail, we changed out the tackle and dropped lines. Within seconds we hooked up and to everyone's surprise there was not one, but two snappers on the first line. These fortuitous circumstances seem to be a common every day occurence for Captain Willy of Super Strike. Within 30 minutes our group had limited out on Snapper as well. At this point, I was starting to believe I had died and landed in Angler's heaven.
As the day wrapped we headed back to our lodge, The Sportsman's Lodge SWC. It is located adjacent to the marina and conveniently has a dock on the back for your charters to pick you up and drop you off. Richard Young is the amazing chef there, and he never fails to impress with the amazing creations he concocts using the day's fresh catch. Our suite was on the front with a balcony that overlooked the marina. We sat out and watched the sunset paint the sky pink and coral as I edited the film from the day's adventures for Heather Smith Outdoors on Huntchannel.tv, YouTube and Facebook.
The next morning Damon Mcknight, the owner of Super Strike picked us up on a Barker 26. I was so fascinated with the boat I almost missed the magnificent sunrise as we glided into the marsh. Throwing popping corks with Highwater Get em shad crystal minnows started a bull red fishing frenzy. Double ups and triple ups were a constant, even yielding a 43 Bull Red, a new personal best. Not only was the offshore fishing phenomenal, the inshore fishing had me breaking my own records.
Upon returning to the Sportsman's Lodge SWC we had our fish cleaned and vacuum sealed at the marina and loaded up in our ice chests to bring home. The memories I shared with my friends will never be forgotten, but the fishing had me wanting to go back before I even left. I stood out on the pier, looked out on the water and whispered thank you. A day of fishing is always good, but a day of fishing in Venice is an experience of a lifetime.
Heather Smith - Angler/ Editor ar FFM
Mangrove snapper fishing is going extremely well throughout the area on the structures, especially bridges, rock piles or big docks. The skyway shipping channel is a hot spot for many local anglers or the fishing piers on either side. We have seen some large mangrove snapper caught around the bay lately too. Nearly any bridges around the area are holding plentiful snapper. Especially larger, older bridges with plenty of growth, structure, and water flow. Newer bridges will not have as much growth around the pilings to hold bait and fish, not that there will not be snapper around, but the older bridges will hold more
We are seeing quite a few mangrove snapper along the south side of Johns pass especially under the south side of Johns pass where there’s plentiful rocky holes for the snapper to hide when the current is moving stronger. Small pieces of shrimp or cut white bait or even small pinfish on a jig head is a great way to target them, or even a super light knocker rig style set up with light 20lb floro and a light spinning rod combo is a great method for targeting mangroves.
Snook fishing is also super-hot around the area. Seems like they are just about anywhere and eating just about anything. At night they are loaded around the passes lately especially in the wee hours of the morning. We are also seeing them locally around the bridges and dock lights at night too. During the day most of the snook are hanging back on the flats, around the mangrove shore lines, or around the docks. We are seeing them eating live shrimp, greenbacks, pinfish, pigfish and even pass crabs. For artificials just about anything works but the favorites have been the soft plastic paddletails, mirror lures, or the flairhawks. During the day, the mirror lure or paddletails are best at night is when most will opt to the flairhawk style jigs. Dead bait on the bottom works well in the heat of the day around the dock lines and local bridges too.
Redfish action has really picked up around our area. We are seeing them biting well out on the flats around the mangroves and around local docks too. Most of the time the redfish are more active in the morning or around dusk, but the rain has brought cooler water temp briefly to the bay. Those cooler temps allowed for more active bites through the daytime period too. Redfish love live shrimp, live green backs or those soft plastic paddletail baits. They will also eat the cut threadfins or pinfish around the flats, docks, or oyster bars. We have seen some big ones caught lately around the docks that are adjacent to passes using the dead bait on the bottom
Trout action was a little slower this past week especially during the start of the week with the stirred-up waters we saw a little dip in the trout cooperation. However, the past two days they have started to pick back up around the passes and closer to the gulf. The upper bay area did not have such a slump with the trout as those fish handle the water clarity being poor more readily that our spoiled outer bay trout. The bridge lights and dock lights are turning back on throughout the area for trout action as we approach the weekend.
Late season tarpon action has been really good around the local passes and bridges and even along the beaches. We are seeing a great amount of tarpon action despite being so late into the summer. Most of them being caught at night around the local bridges and passes but some local anglers are doing well during the day in the same areas we would get them well during the peak of tarpon season.
We have seen some killer red grouper action out in the deepest near shore waters closer to right at the border. We are seeing some good numbers of these good eating fish around the hardbottom areas eating up squid strips, threadfins, and live pinfish. The potholes, small ledges and flat hardbottom are good areas to target these red grouper. On the flat hardbottom, you want to look for ‘fishy’ areas by not only looking for hardbottom but also you want to see some fuzziness on the bottom showing those sea fans and growth and the occasional bait show. That is a great area to drift to cover a large area and show your bait to more possible red grouper. Ledges, potholes, cracks, and other specific structure typically anchor fishing is best for those type structures to get your bait to the fish and let them come to you.
The snapper action remains pretty steady near shore. We are seeing plentiful lane snapper action from around 60-100ft of water. Vermillions around 70-100ft and the mangrove snapper mixed in with both in that range. The mangroves are very smart and leader shy fish while the vermillion and lanes are more likely to bite just about anything with any tackle set up. The snapper near shore love those knocker rigs or the lighter tackle fish finder rigs with live shrimp. However, we will catch plenty of vermillion and lanes on small pieces of squid. The mangrove snapper, however, love live shrimp or cut threadfin pieces.
The pelagic action is essentially nonexistent near shore apart from some mackerel close to the beaches when the bait is present around the near shore artificial reefs and hard bottom areas. We will also see a big influx of mackerel and kingfish sometime in late September early October and they will get thick again near shore when that water is between around 72-78 degrees.
Gag grouper are scarce in the near shore waters right now due to the warm weather. They are mostly offshore but there is a handful around inshore that are more resident fish. Near shore they are very few and far between and very spread out too. We will see a huge influx of the gags when the cold fronts start up in October some time and numbers will only increase with each storm.
We are enjoying an incredible push of Amberjack behind hurricane Laura’s push through the gulf. Since that storm passed, we have seen some great amberjack action on our deep-water structures like wrecks, springs, and big peaks. Even areas we had fish just a few weeks prior that did not bring many amberjack to bite are now producing goood numbers of fish. Those big low pressures, whether a hurricane or cld front do tend to group the fish up on the bigger structures and that definitely held true for the amberjack behind Laura moving past. The full moon may also have them grouped up and feeding actively too. The combination or whatever is going on is a welcomed change of pace as we take advantage of the great amberjack bite around 140-200ft of water. Deeper is better and the fish seem to be larger too! Big bait, big tackle, and lots of patience are helpful to get the amberjack to the box.
We are also excited to announce that triggerfish season has opened for a brief period. We can harvest triggerfish again starting September first until end of day October 25th. Looking forward to getting some of these great eating fish. Out deep is the best place to find true monster triggers from around 160-200ft of water. They love small strip of squid around 2-3 inches long and around ½ an inch thick.
Mangrove snapper bite slacked off on us a bit again the past two trips. However, most of that is due to poor weather making it tough to target them and catch in good numbers. This past trip had a decent catch of mangroves and those targeting them did well we had a few guests who are experienced catch around 60-70% of their two-day limit of mangrove snapper.
Plenty of red grouper action out there in the deep water, we are seeing them from around 100ft up to around 160ft of water well on the flat hard bottom areas and potholes. They love those squid strips, threadfins, and live pinfish just like the near shore red grouper. We just step up bait size and tackle size the deeper we go.
Gag grouper action is going well but has ultimately slowed down a bit overall. We are still seeing the occasional monster gag grouper out deeper past 140ft of water, but we are not seeing the big numbers like we were two weeks ago or more.
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Pelagic action is going decent offshore. The trolling has been a little slow, but we are getting some on the flat lines and even while dropping to bottom. It has been mostly the blackfin tuna from time to time, but we are seeing the occasional kingfish too. Wahoo are around but we have been breaking them off the last two times we got hooked up. Will is confident they had a monster wahoo hooked this past trip, but it unfortunately got cut off before we could get it landed or in sight for photos.
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CATCH & RELEASE
All year I specialize in the grassy flats studying, following, reeling and releasing redfish here in Mosquito lagoon and backwater marshes of the Tomoka Basin.
These estuaries where these big beautiful breeders give birth and keep their young safe from predators. It is a treat for an angler such as myself too reel in one of these beauties and take in the moment, as I know how important our breeder fish are, for they give us more life. Please remember during the mullet run when reeling in a Bull Red how important the act of catch and release and proper handling is.
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KNOWLEDGE OF OUR BREEDER RED DRUM
Red Drum, or as most of us call them Redfish, are Florida’s most populars sport fish and the states most wide spread estuarial fish. How did Red Drum get their name you ask? Because of the “drumming” sound they make when taken out of the water during spawning. Redfish inhabit the inshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West. Red Drum in Florida can reach up to the lengths of fifty-two inches, that being my largest personal record, and weighing up to fifty-one plus pounds. During the Fall large Red Drum move into the Gulf beaches during the months of September through November. Tides carry them into an estuary where fish can spend their first few years between the ages of three to six years. The out of slot limit of twenty-seven inches is when fish leave the estuary and join the spawning stock.
PROPER FISH HANDLING
As we all know fish swim and live in the water horizontally. Due to the lack of knowledge or just trying to get that epic shot for social media a large percent of “lady anglers” make themselves the focal point. But they don’t understand the damage they are causing our future breeders. I am deeply passionate and my catch is and will always be my focal point. Handling them properly and being sure of a safe release back to their habitat. Have you ever considered the physical impact to that fish and what happens to it once it is released? Think about it, while fish are in the water their natural buoyancy of the liquid medium holds and supports the fish’s organs in the correct position. So, to hold them in an absolutely unnatural position by holding the fish vertical can cause unnecessary stress on the heart and other organs. So the next fish you catch and release remember the damage you can prevent by properly handling the fish.
RESPECT THE FISH
It isn’t just a saying or a quote. I myself am a deeply passionate angler and practice proper fish care. When being on the water I become one with nature and the feeling I get when out there sigh casting Reds is unexplainable. Since it is the Mullet run, Bull Reds are the target and as we all know must be released back to their habitat. They are the future of fishing. I hope us anglers can come together and understand the importance of our estuary and breeders. So please do everything in your power to ensure the healthy release of your fish
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Fishing Orange Lake - Central Florida
Freshwater Fishing Report-Rick Southerland
Florida is extremely hot, but so is the bite!!!! Searching for bass in the summertime can be difficult. Of course morning and evening times are the best times to catch largemouth bass, but what about the rest of the day?
Austin Filmer and I went to fish a tournament on Orange Lake to see how the summertime bite would pan out for us.
Orange Lake is located in Central Florida just southwest of GAINESVILLE. Being August and in Florida, tournaments don’t last until 3pm. This one was only until 1pm, So we knew that we had to find a pattern and quickly. It was my first time on Orange Lake. It was beautiful. Full of lily pads and hydrilla patches, we found a couple of canals with sea walls. Using a Junebug colored worm, we found a couple. That wasn’t going to win us a tournament though, so we went out of the wind and targeted hydrilla clumps in the water. BOOM!!! A decent 2lber!!! Could’ve been lucky though. I targeted more sparse clumps of hydrilla and BAM!!! Another nice bass. Ok, now this is a pattern. By noon, we had caught over 10 bass!!! All the hydrilla clumps were isolated and in deeper water. The bass were using as shade. When we weighed our fish in, everyone was complaining about how hard the fishing was. Sometimes you have to think like a fish. When the suns out, get under cover in as deep water as possible. That’s what they did and how we were able to find them
We ended up getting second place with over 12pbs that day!!!
The next weekend we went to try Horseshoe Lake.
Horseshoe Lake is part of the Harris Chain of Lakes locates in Central Florida. Horseshoe Lake is probably the most hidden of all the Chain. It certainly is the smallest. Full of lily pads, Horseshoe Lake appears to be a frog fishing heaven!!!! I went with fellow Angler Kyrsten Fortner to check out the action. On a rainy morning, we knew that we only had a couple of hours to find a pattern and put some fish in the boat. On our way to Horseshoe Lake, we stopped in a neck connecting Lake Dora with Lake Beauclair. Kyrsten found a couple of nice little bass using the Glo Pro Lures craw. Texas rigged running slowly through the grass
After catching a couple, we went on down to Horseshoe Lake. As expected, it was loaded with lily pads. A frog fisherman’s heaven!!! Immediately, I grabbed my frog. Cast after cast and not a single bite. What was going on?? Remembering the previous week at Orange Lake, I grabbed the good ol popper and targeted isolated pads in deeper what. BOOM!!!! There it was!!! A beautiful 3 1/2 lber!!! This is what we’re talking about!!
Again I casted out the popper around isolated lily pads in deeper water and BAM!!! Another decent fish
We found a pattern!! It’s game time. I continued to catch fish and after several fish...Another 3 1/2 lber!!! This is what it’s all about.
I used the same pattern in two totally different bodies of water and it produced great amounts of fish. So if you’re having trouble finding fish in the heat. Target isolated cover in deeper water and hang on!!!! Most importantly, get out in the outdoors with Southerland Outdoors
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By Steph Sirotzke
Growing up in Illinois, I always had bigger plans and a salty dream that seemed completely far-fetched. As far as my memories go back, water played a role in most of them. We always had a boat and in those brutal winter months, I would sit in it in our garage, counting down the days until we could take it back out. I knew from a young age that I wanted to study Marine Biology and live near the ocean and my parents were convinced it was just a phase that I would grow out of. But come my high school graduation, I was ready to get out and make that change.
I have lived in Florida for going on 7 years now and the ocean is a part of me. The sea brings a sense of peace and tranquility that is second to none. Through life’s struggles, obstacles, grief and hard times, I find myself turning to the sea. You never truly understand grief and the toll it takes on your body, mind and soul until it knocks on your door. Some days it’s like being caught in a tsunami, others calm just like the ocean. But, in the end the ocean is always beautiful. Sitting out by the ocean watching the sun go down in the islands, covered in sand and salt brings an overwhelming sense of serenity. Watching the waves come in, one after the other washing away any stress from the day.
If anyone were to ask me where my favorite place in the entire planet is, that’s a no brainer for me – Alligator Lighthouse. Just a couple miles off of Islamorada by the reef, all worries disappear as you approach it. The waters transform the closer you get, becoming a bright turquoise that gives you the chills every single time. How can nature be so pristine and beautiful and how do we allow ourselves to get caught up in stress and day to day worries that in the end are irrelevant? Coming out here, I reset and get back on track to things that really matter the most.
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Living in Islamorada, I am surrounded by these gorgeous waters. Some mornings as the sun is rising, the beach calls my name and I can’t resist. There is no better way to start off a day than the sand between your toes and the sound of waves kissing the shore. No people out yet, no music blaring, just the sea and me. These are the moments I live for. I love to come here at this time and do some yoga, as close to the water’s edge as possible. Yoga isn’t about perfecting each pose or inversion- even though I’m one to push myself to perfection. It’s really about the journey, living in the moment, each move and each breath. This has helped me immensely with the journey of grief and the journey of life.
Paddleboarding through these clear waters is another escape to take a minute to be one with nature. Pretty often, I will see spotted eagle rays and they’ll gently glide through the water next to me. Nurse and reef sharks will sometimes swim by and say hi, along with pufferfish, schools of bait fish moving swiftly, conch shells hiding beneath the waves, eagles flying over-head and so much more. I love to go on my own paddleboarding adventure, scouting out as many sea creatures as possible and paddling away from any negativity. Adding in some yoga moves while paddleboarding is another fun challenge. Combining two of my favorite hobbies out on the water is often the breath of fresh air that I need.
Getting in the water at the reef is like diving into another world. There is something incredible and so special about being underwater in the silence. Hearing nothing but parrotfish crunching on the coral and your own breath. Sometimes laying face to face with the nurse sharks under the ledge, watching every little movement taking place on the reef. Other days, reef fishing or heading offshore for some mahi or swordfish can be a nice break from the real world. No service, no people, just being one with the ocean. The Florida Keys has come of the best diving and fishing in the entire world and I get to call it my backyard.
The Live Like Jeff Foundation became official this summer, to honor the life and legacy of my best friend and love of my life, Jeffrey Leonia. Donations are always accepted to keep his love for life and adventure alive, in the heart of the beautiful Florida Keys. Just tap the Swordfish and become part of the family
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"Hook A Snook Tame A Tarpon"
October is a fun month on the water, cooler temperatures and plenty of bait still around. The change in weather triggers fish to move into channels, canals and along mangrove lined areas
The snook fishing provides non stop action as mullet schools roam are local waterways. Seawalls, docks and bridges great areas to target snook. Rapala skitter walk or DOA BFL 5.5 in original or stark naked, mimic wounded mullet triggering strikes. DOA bait busters and DOA C.A.L. 5 inch swim baits in melon back and pearl rigged weedless excellent bait for snook. As water temperatures decrease snook migrate into back canals and bays creating great sight fishing opportunities for anglers.
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Tarpon fanatics this time of year can be outstanding as schools of tarpon flood into back bays and deeper cuts in search of bait schools. The tarpon early morning and late afternoon can be seen rolling on the surface offering sight casting opportunities for anglers. DOA bait buster shallow runner in holographic / black back and glow gold / rush belly phenomenal artificial bait for tarpon. If artificial lures is not your choice live mullet or greenies free lined with the tide excellent choice for anglers to get hooked up.
Many other species’ like the jacks, sheepshead, tripletail, mackerel, ladyfish and even the pesky bluefish are prevalent all through are local area. Rapala skitterwalk, DOA C.A.L. 3 inch shad all perfect choices for steady action. Find structure or bait schools and the fish will be there willing and ready.
Well that is the fishing report for October ,hope you all enjoyed. remember you can’t catch them from the the couch. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. PhlatsInshoreFishing 561-644-4371
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"Hook A Snook Tame A Tarpon"
"Hook A Snook Tame A Tarpon"
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Growing up in South Florida, we discovered our love and passion for the water. At an early age, we started fishing off the docks of Islamorada wanting nothing more than to go deep sea fishing. We attended the University of Miami, earning degrees in Microbiology and Immunology while competing on the track and eld team as pole vaulters. The two of us spent our summer breaks and long weekends working on a busy fishing charter boat out of Key West. It was there that we finished our sea time, honed in on our skills and earned our USCG 50 Ton Captains Licenses. With that we started our own business, Gale Force Twins LLC.
Upon graduating, we left the academic world to pursue careers in the sportfish industry. After a few years of charter fishing we began vlogging our adventures as female captains on the water. We now film, edit and produce educational yet entertaining videos on YouTube and Facebook. We take pride in keeping our pages family friendly while we take our viewers with us to experience the variety of fishing opportunities that the world has to offer.
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Allison Helen Hendricks
There are some things that always stay with you. With you from the time you were a small child. Rythym, sounds, places, smells. And the things that strike you to your core, are usually those things from when you were little. It swishes, it sways, it runs and it sings too. It never stops. It never slows. It never really ceases to exist in my head. These are the things that I've followed as an adult that have come back truly in full circle for me.
There was a bend in a bayou years ago. I saw something bigger than my leg and it stayed with me for years. I spent hours by that bend in the bayou. Watching, breathing, observing and even throwing a fly at him.....but never did catch him.
You see, I never planned on being a fly fishing guide. It never even occurred to me. But when that fly rod was handed to me in a Florida bay where I had played and fished as a child, all of that rhythm, all of those sounds, places and feelings, came back to me. I knew this is what I was supposed to do. So almost 13 yrs later, here I am, still living the absolute love of my life.
I started my journey at the age of 5 when my father handed me a fly rod and said, "go play in the back yard rather than playing in traffic." I find it interesting now though, that some of my favorite places are still in the middle of traffic, deep down in a pond or bayou, where no one ever seems to go. These places are filled with magical things, colors, smells and are also where I learned all of those years ago, what the true love of my life was.
Fly casting is magical. Fly fishing is magical. My life had become truly magical. So over the years after falling off boats, casting so long that people thought my muscle looked like a tumor, rolling kayaks, getting kicked off boats, knocking myself out from falling in bayous, wind burns, sun burns, jelly stings, bites from bugs I never even knew existed, I had finally found my place in the world. So you see, after years of perfecting my cast, fishing, and working hard in this industry, I was able to start guiding and teaching. And I was so excited, because after all of those hard years, I had also figured out, that I could write about it too.
And now all of these years later, I spend my days on bodies of water across this country guiding, teaching, writing and playing on the Gulf of Mexico, in The Tetons, Yellowstone National park, ponds and streams too, to people from all over this world and country. And when not doing that, I fish my literal *** off all over this country as well, with friends and guides too. I get to travel with the same companies I've been working with since the very beginning of this magical career and travel within the industry too as a pro for most. To say that I'm grateful, would be an understatement, but I have never ever given up and always followed my bliss.
So do you remember what I said a bit ago? It swishes, it sways and it runs too? It never stops. It never slows, it never ceases to exsist in my head. It's the sound of the fly line forming it's loop....that I've followed all over this country. From Indiana, to Idaho and Oregon. From Texas, to Florida. To Wyoming, and back to Florida. This is what I always follow. It allows me to be with God, hold my father's hands still and has shown me to the absolute true love of my life. And to my friend from all of those years ago who sparked my interest into fly fishing as an adult,I thank you. And for all of these things, I am literally and truly forever blessed.
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The annual sardine run in South Africa is a spectacular event. Game fish and sharks a plenty, it’s a fisherman’s dream.
Jaden Smith, 10 year old young boy from Pennington Beach, Natal Coast, South Africa experienced just what the sardine run is all about. Being an eager young fisherman from the age of 4 Jaden was already hooked but nothing had prepared him for what was about to happen at 5pm on 10th July 2020. He was in for the fight of his life, here is Jaden’s story.
Jaden, The Master Of The Ocean
By Pamela-Anne Dolan
It was a brilliant sunny day, calm waters and perfect weather for fishing. Jaden and his dad set up his line with some shad tummy bait and let the drone take it out to about 250m. After a while Jaden felt a bite and his line began to run. We all know what that sounds like! To an angler that is the most beautiful sound on earth. Not knowing what the fish species was on the other end Jaden started reeling in and from the pull of it he knew had hooked a monster. Here is what Jaden felt in his own words.
“My neck and arms hurt, my back was sore I was so tired, I was paining all over! After a long fight I finally beach it, my first diamond ray, I was so excited!”
Jaden had landed his first Diamond Ray approximately 40kg. What an amazing accomplishment! When asked what his future holds he said he would like to become a professional angler. Well Jaden I think you are almost there! Congratulations at such a young age landing that magnificent fish.
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