We kick the short week off with this cool saltwater video from the mangroves off Naples, Florida. The low tides of winter mean that the redfish are plentiful and the big snook come to play!
Here’s a wonderful piece of archival footage featuring famous Florida Keys angler Stu Apte casting for big tarpon with a fiberglass rod. But he’s not in it just for the sport; no, he’s also trying to win the admiration of the Florida Citrus Queen, who is sporting a swell swimsuit. Check out the “rod stiffener” Apte threads into the butt section of his rod for more power. He lands two beauties here, but the editor has spliced in some shots of a real monster fish, as well.
I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys sometime in the 1960s(?). It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier we have it now, when compared to the sport’s. . .
As I type, Director of Orvis Rod & Tackle Steve Hemkens and Men’s Ecommerce Merchant Jeff Swedberg are down in Florida, fishing for tarpon. Both of them just sent me. . .