Interview

Capt. Matt Budd - New Guides, Commercial Fishing And Jupiter Academy

Capt. Matt Budd - New Guides, Commercial Fishing And Jupiter Academy

In this podcast we talked about the balance of people being able to do whatever they want to do (becoming a hunting or fishing guide) and follow their passion and also following a path that is the right way. Versus the wrong way. A path that creates respect from those around you as compared to a path that creates resistance from those around you.

Seasickness - How To Avoid It. Tips From Expert Photographer Jason Stemple

Seasickness - How To Avoid It. Tips From Expert Photographer Jason Stemple

I got a question on the podcast@saltwaterexperience.com email about seasickness and I was going to start a How 2 Tuesday on this subject and then I remembered a podcast I did with expert photographer Jason Stemple. Jason is a phenomenal photographer and I have never seen him get so seasick that he is down for the count. He seems to have some pretty solid ideas on how to take photos inshore and offshore and avoid the sickness that is pretty common for that kind of work.

Hank Patterson - Fishing Guide - "If The Bar Ain't High, I'm Not Your Guy."

Hank Patterson - Fishing Guide - "If The Bar Ain't High, I'm Not Your Guy."

Hank Patterson Fishing Guide is one of my favorite Fly Fishing personalities.  I have to admit that I was more than a little star-struck while conducting this interview.  From Yellowstone Survival Guide to Camp Hawgadawgaa, I have followed Hank for years and it was a real pleasure to find out what makes him tick.  Check out today’s podcast with Hank Patterson Fishing Guide.

How To Catch Pompano Ft. Capt. Matt Budd

How To Catch Pompano Ft. Capt. Matt Budd

Pompano has exploded in the past few years, the price has skyrocketed, there is a high demand for them. Because of this, I thought I would feature Captain Matt Budd on the podcast to teach us all how to catch pompano. Captain Matt Budd may know as much about pompano fishing as anyone I have ever talked to. This is a guy who is not just doing this recreationally but doing it commercially. When fishing commercially you may learn some things that a recreational angler doesn’t have to learn.

Lawrence Gunther - North America's Only Blind Competitive Angler

Lawrence Gunther - North America's Only Blind Competitive Angler

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ashley Saunders during my time in Bimini and I had the good fortune of him showing me around the Dolphin House. Ashley told me about his life and how everything changed after he swam with a group of wild dolphins. Since then he began building this Dolphin House (or Poetry In Stone) 26 years ago and he is still building it. Ashley has dedicated his life to creating the house in honor of the dolphins that he swam with.

Chris Bush From Speckled Truth And Some GATORS

Chris Bush From Speckled Truth And Some GATORS

Chris Bush is an angler from Louisiana, and I got to sit down with him to talk about his expertise; giant speckled trout. I had him come on the podcast to share some of his fishing tips and experience as he has once recorded catching 13,000 trout. Chris takes after his father, Charlie, who was a trout purist and quite a famous angler.

Ashley Saunders - Dolphin House Bimini Bahamas

Ashley Saunders - Dolphin House Bimini Bahamas

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ashley Saunders during my time in Bimini and I had the good fortune of him showing me around the Dolphin House. Ashley told me about his life and how everything changed after he swam with a group of wild dolphins. Since then he began building this Dolphin House (or Poetry In Stone) 26 years ago and he is still building it. Ashley has dedicated his life to creating the house in honor of the dolphins that he swam with.

Perfect Practice For Fishing Line Management

TOM ROWLAND PODCAST

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“The statement was refined to ‘perfect practice makes perfect’ and I believe that.”

Podcast Synopsis

Last week we talked about fly line management and this one is how to practice so that you are also practicing fly line management. It’s been said that perfect practice makes perfect - we are going to talk about practices to make you a better angler.

No matter where you are (even if you are practicing on the local football field) you are going to use a 15 foot piece of rope and make a shape that looks like a boat bow. You will then step back into the simulated cockpit and pull the line off your reel and you will stretch it and re-strip it into a nice neat pile. Then you are going to roll cast from the ready position into a back cast and forward cast, then you will shoot the line to a target.

Then you will strip in, just like you were fishing, and you are going to try to pay attention to getting the line in the cockpit. Just pretend that you didn’t catch the fish. This happens a lot and now you have a loose, unorganized pile of line all on the deck and your feet. So how can you quickly get this back into a nice, neat orderly pile in the cockpit?

Well, you are going to go right to the reel and you are going to hold rod just like you’ve been stripping and take this little tiny piece of line that is between the reel and your index finger. You are going to start stripping right there and you are going to step back into the cockpit and organize it. Then you are going to step back up and cast, back and forth and shoot to target, then strip back in and organize your pile again.

You are going to do this every time. Some guides like to use a strip basket, you can get a basket and practice on the football field or wherever you are practicing. If the guide has a basket this is the best for organizing your line, but sometimes it isn’t available so that is why I said to just make a pile in the cockpit.

Perfect practice makes perfect. If you practice this then you will have better luck and become better prepared by doing this 10 times, than by just casting to a target 60 times. These are very important skills to have for proper line management and this is the difference between someone who catches a lot of fish and someone show doesn’t….

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-Tom Rowland

EagleEye Fred - Bimini Bahamas

EagleEye Fred - Bimini Bahamas

I am going out on a ledge and saying this is the first podcast in history that there has ever been a podcast done on the water, on a bonefish boat, in Bimini Bahamas. Eagle Eye Fred has been guiding for 47, he is a kind hearted, sweetheart of a guy and he actually has eyes like an eagle. Fred pulls a boat like a man half his age, he gets around like a man half his age and he’s just in great shape. We talked about things Fred has learned over his 47 year career and he taught me a lot about the history of Bimini. Before I recorded this I caught a bunch of bonefish and afterwards I caught a bunch more bonefish.

Fly Line Management In A Skiff

Fly Line Management In A Skiff

Today we are going to talk about something that every guide has discussions with their clients about. I am even willing to say that this is the single most important thing to success in fly fishing. Believe it or not, I do not believe that your ability to cast is the most important thing in fly fishing for these fish. I say that, because I will see someone who has a really good cast but has a bad skill set in fly line management in a skiff. What does that mean?