An Offshore Education

I grew up fishing in little creeks to at best a medium size river for trout and smallmouth bass. I later moved out west and became a die-hard fly fisherman, verging on trout bum. I guided for years on the Gunnison River before moving back east to settle in Charleston, SC.
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I made a too slow transition to the salt but am now pretty comfortable chasing redfish with an 8 weight on the flats and I’m relatively ok with using whatever technique is needed to get the job done. But, offshore has always been something I didn’t really get…
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Then around a year ago I got a call and was hired to shoot with the crew of Into The Blue TV (www.intotheblue.tv). I hadn’t been offshore since I was a kid, and recalled a bit of seasickness and not much else. But it was on the water work, and I was happy to get out with some people who really knew what they were doing and see what all the fuss was about. So I packed up a bunch of camera equipment, a little Dramamine and headed for the Keys. I was still a little nervous about getting seasick on the first day as the new guy, so I pre-medicated before we met up at the dock. As it turned out, the winds were blowing a solid 15-20 and we were headed half way to Cuba sword fishing. I’m not a good judge of how big seas are, but in my mind they were pretty huge. I’m glad to say I managed to not turn green and kept my feet under my while jumping between boats in big seas, 40 miles out over 2000 feet of water.

Over the next few days and a few more trips I learned a ton watching Captains Scott Walker (www.tailwalkercharters.com) and Steve Rodger (spearonefishing.com). I was amazed at the amount of life in the open ocean and especially how much of it you could see; I certainly didn’t expect there to be so many sight-fishing opportunities. The education I’ve been afforded has not only opened my eyes to the wealth of sight fishing targets offshore, but taught me new techniques and concepts that I will most certainly use in my inshore fishing whether it is with bait, artificial or fly.

Captain Steve Rodger with a big fly caught Blackfin Tuna.

Captain Steve Rodger with a big fly caught Blackfin Tuna.

A nice Mahi lit up and slashing across the surface.

A nice Mahi lit up and slashing across the surface.

Captains Steve Rodger and Scott Walker (www.intotheblue.tv) prepare to release a huge Goliath Grouper 40 miles north of Key West.

Captains Steve Rodger and Scott Walker (www.intotheblue.tv) prepare to release a huge Goliath Grouper 40 miles north of Key West.

Heading back to Hawks Cay at sunset after a big day in the Blue Water.

Heading back to Hawks Cay at sunset after a big day in the Blue Water.

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