Magical…. thats the word that comes to mind when i think of the past 2 days of shooting the summer snook spawn. The water was clear as gin and the fish were stacked like fire wood hundreds of yards long. I was on a mission to shoot a campaign for Berkley Gulp and I couldnt ask for everything to come together so perfectly, but it did and I made some of the best snook images of my life and landed my personal best snook.
Stoked to partner up on a colab with a great Florida based company HOO-RAG who produce some of the most bad ass Seamless Bandanas on the market. The Leaping Tarpon Hoo Rag is the first in a series of Signature gamefish photo rag that will come out on the next few months. They are available here for purchase click here
Its rare to have everything go right when you are chasing fish to photograph, but on this trip to Biscayne Bay the Bonefish were ready and waiting for me. Big thanks to Junior and Chris for putting me on schools of bonefish. Below is a small sample, if you would like to see more please go to http://jarnold.photoshelter.com/gallery/bonefish/G0000zUCPF43rPlU/
Bonefish Biscayne Bay
Florida fishing is, to some degree, synonymous with Bonefish. Bonefishing in Florida is unique in and of itself and some of the biggest bonefish in the world are consistently caught on the flats of Florida. Believe it or not, January and February are great months to catch double digit bonefish on the flats. These are world class bonefish that range anywhere between 10-14 pounds. Even though it can be relatively “cold” for Florida during these winter months, the bonefish can be exceptionally good. The areas that we fish, Biscayne Bay to Islamorada, are prime bonefish fishing grounds and from January through April the bonefishing can be excellent throughout an entire day of fishing.
Bonefish are known as “the ghost of the flats” and they are a rewarding species of Florida game fish to catch because they can often be a challenge to find and catch on the flats. Bonefish are also addicting and one bonefish is just never enough. Fly fisherman and light tackle fly fisherman worldwide come to Florida year after year to try their luck with Florida Bonefish.
Biscayne Bay and Florida Keys Bonefish feed on the flats and it is one of the most exciting things in saltwater fishing to see a bonefish tailing or waking on the flat, make a good presentation with your fly or bait, and watch as the bonefish eat. And, the fun really begins when the bonefish eats your fly or bait. A big Biscayne Bay or Florida Keys bonefish can rip 100-150 yards of line off a light tackle fishing reel or fly reel in a matter of seconds! Pound for pound, the bonefish is one of the hardest fighting fish you will ever encounter.
Lots of fun stuff coming up in June. First June 15, 16, &17 Ill be starting my Bass Pro Shop shows at the Dania Beach store, there will be a huge photo gallery of my work, Cressi Dive Gear give aways, and autograph signing. The second big thing goin on is the launch of my signature series Hoo Rag, The first one is a leaping tarpon i photographed in the Florida Keys. So its goin to be a very exciting month.
Seems like this week has been one of the rainiest I can remember. I was able to squeeze in a few shoots between down pours.
Cressi Dive Gear shoot.
Cressi Snorkeling shoot.
Captain Ryan chatting w/ the Fort Lauderdale Police
Some Shark stuff I shot on the grass flats in the Keys.