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Taking what I think is a very common sense approach to the notion of taking “trophy” fish, and extending the protections already given tarpon to permit and bonefish, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has just sent a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requesting that they modify regulations on these species.

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Being a fisherman has provided me my fair share of sunrises and sunsets on the water. It’s an experience I’ve never taken for granted. After all I know many people whom miss sunrises and sunsets due to hectic schedules and being confined in the captive walls of an office building. In the past few years I’ve added kayak fishing to my repoitare of fly fishing methods. Like anything I seem to venture into for the first time I often struggle with and initial period of feeling much like a new born deer. Kinda wobbly, unstable, knees knocking and not quite certain of my surroundings or what in the world is going on.

After that learning curve has been concurred the benefits using a kayak to harass the local bonefish, permit, even tarpon here in Belize or any other flats destination is worth the day or two of the proverbial “Fish out of water.” Period of adjustment. For one the stealthy nature of kayak fishing is reason enough for skittish schools of bones or permit. Add to it the recent advancements of outrigger systems that enable one to stand securely and safely on the kayak increase ability to spot fish as well as cast a fly rod with ease.

Another huge benefit that sold me on kayak fishing was the lightweight and portability of the fishing kayaks themselves. With modern thermo plastic and injection molding processes many of these kayaks weigh less than 45 lbs. I admit that I’m a bit of a lazy fisherman and don’t desire to paddle miles upon miles to go fishing. I do still enjoy turning a key, hearing the purr of a finely tuned four stroke as I ease the that hammer forward an motor on towards my favorite fishing spots. However, it’s now a rarity that I leave the dock without a kayak strapped down in the front of my skiff. The kayak has enabled me to explore and discover new flats areas that were previously un-reachable by skiff or wading. These little “honey spots” as I fancy calling them are filled with virgin schools of bones and permit that are super aggressive. Lacking the constant pressure from guides and tourist has kept these spots sacred and more fun than a Crisco covered pig in a kid’s carnival.

As we all know the aggressive fishing and higher catch rate has probably convinced many reading this to give kayak fishing a try or incorporate it into your fishing regimen as well. There is yet one last thing I feel most might be interested to know. Kayak fishing cost significantly less than running a flats skiff all day with a local guide that’s trying to feed the family as well. Most kayak fishing destination such as BITE ME! Kayak Fishing Adventures in Belize charge around a hundred dollars per day which includes breakfast, lunch, and delivery by skiff to and from remote fishing flats that guides and other fishermen can’t travel due to the skinny water entrance or the mud and silt bottom composition that will have you sinking to your knees if one were to attempt wading it. As with most fishing flats once you paddle through these opening which range from fifty yards in to a hundred yards. The flats areas open back up into large mangrove lined private havens averaging 12 to 18 inches of water and a solid limestone bottom that make stalking these little “honey holes” a fisherman’s dream.

So, the next time you find your self feeling stagnate about your fishing spots. Grab a kayak from a local kayak-fishing retailer; they’ll usually have demo or rental kayaks for you to try. Load it on the boat or strap it to a car. Head on over to your local waters and explore and discover new and more productive fishing when you incorporate a kayak into your fishing.

Coming up with the perfect gift Idea for your favorite Fly Fishing fanatic can, at times, be a daunting task. If you’re unfamiliar with a fly shop they can be stocked with thousands of little items to choose from. Below are a few that are on the top list of “Safe Bet” fly fishing gifts that your Fly Fisher (Man or Woman) will love.

Tarpon Movie | Tarpon DVD

Tarpon Movie | Tarpon DVD

TARPON – Movie featuring Tom McGuane, Jim Harrison, and Richard Brautigan. Another then-obscure artist, Jimmy Buffett, wrote the musical score. This Fly Fishing cult classic film was recently remastered and re-released on DVD. This is a classic Fly Fishing Video that any fly fisherman will enjoy.

Tibor Reels

Tibor Reels

TIBOR REELS – If the budget allows for it and you want to make the fly fisher in your life grin from ear-to-ear like a child and walk around the other fly fishers beaming with pride. Then get him or her a Tibor Everglades Fly Fishing Reel – or the Gulf Stream model depending on the type of fishing he or she does.

POCKET KNIFES – All fly fishers value a good pocket Knife. Take for example the Columbia River Knife and Tool companies’ latest edition. The Fishing Knife with integrated bottle opener for the beer bottles. The handle is even shaped like a fish.

Staying with the pocketknife theme this one is another excellent gift idea for fly fishermen and women. The Gerber Multi-Pliers tool. Similar to a leatherman but built much more ruggedly and designed to last a lifetime. It even comes complete with a Mag light mini-flash light.

Watermark

Watermark

WATERMARK (Fly Fishing Book) – A collection of beautiful fly fishing photos and scenery. This coffee table book is an excellent gift for any fly fishing enthusiast. This book features page-after-page of amazing photos fly fishing in action. By Grant McClintock 39.95

Waterproof Digital Camera

Waterproof Digital Camera

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW 10.1MP Waterproof / Shockproof Digital Camera – This indestructible digital camera is an excellent gift to help your fly fisher document their catches without brining them home. Not only does it assist them in catch and release but also they have proof they didn’t get skunked on the water.

Fishing Pack

Fishing Pack

William Joseph Catalyst Lumbar Pack – This little bag is excellent for carrying several fly boxes, all the tippet you need, and any other little things that you want to carry when fishing. It also features water bottle pockets on each side. It even features a lifetime warranty. Price $69.00

The ULTIMATE GIFT IDEA for any fly fisher – A week trip to Belize to fish for Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon on the Belize Fishing flats on the island of Ambergris Caye. If the budget allows for it – BITE ME! Belize Fishing Adventures is featuring a full week of fishing in Belize for only $850 per week including the accommodations at their resort. Discover more about Belize Fishing on the BITE ME! Fishing website.

These are a few of the more popular gift ideas to get your fly fisherman or woman for this holiday season.

For all you guys that tired to order the cult classic fly fishing video “TARPON” from the 1970s that was recently re-mastered and formated on to DVD by UYA Films is back in stock at Amazon.com and includes free shipping and is cheaper than “The Book Mailer” (The only other place you can purchase the TARPON Movie.

Click below to order your copy of this classic fly fishing movie. TARPON features some of the coolest tarpon fly fishing actions you’ll ever see on film.

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Tarpon Movie

Tarpon Movie

In recent years you probably have probably begun to notice a increase of cars with kayak racks on-top the roofs at your favorite local waters. Since the mid nineties more and more people have started using their sit-on-top kayaks to fish with.

I was first introduced to Kayak Fishing when my best fishing buddy and I stumbled across a small cut that lead back to a flats area that not even my 18 foot flats skiff couldn’t make it back to. For several months we’d stand on the bow of the casting deck and peer through this cut in the mangrove with my best binoculars and watch as fifty to sixty tailing bonefish would dart around as they would feed. On several occasions we attempted to wade into the flat. However, the bottom composition at the head of this area was comprised of nothing but silt mud and ever step you’d sink knee deep.

One day I’m sitting around watching tv just relaxing when the phone rings. On the other end is my partner Jim whom proceeds to order me up early the next day and to meet him on his dock with my panga skiff and not the flats boat. I asked if he wanted to go scouting for new waters. Typically we use the panga as it only has a 60 hp on it and uses very little gas and can take rather large seas. He said he’s got a solution to our problem with the new flats areas that we can’t reach by skiff.

Promptly the next morning I’m off my dock by 5:30 as the sun begins to rise up over the horizon and I enter into the lagoon and point her north as I proceed towards Jim’s house. As i pull through the channel and round the mangroves I see Jim standing on his dock with kayaks turned on their sides and leaning against a piling. I immediately knew we were catching those bones today.

That was my introduction to fishing from kayaks. It was half born out necessity and half out of a better way to actually stalk the flats for fish. It’s been over a year now since Jim discovered the sport of kayak fishing on-line that afternoon and immediately got us into it. I must say the largest bonefish I’ve yet to catch in Belize was while I was kayak fishing. It makes a lot of sense when looking at it logically. My flats boat makes noise as wind drives waves against the fiberglass hull which will amplify since their is open spaces inside the hull. my kayak will get me into shallow waters that my skiff can’t go. This also means NO other skiffs have gone as well. The fish in these little flats areas are super aggressive here in Belize. And if it weren’t for Kayak Fishing then no-one would have the opportunities to catch and fight these fish.

If you’re interested in discovering more about Kayak Fishing here in Belize. Then contact my friends at Belize Kayak Fishing Adventures to learn more about the amazing fishing here in Belize and how doing from a Kayak can have more advantages than from a guided skiff. Including price. Kayak Fishing in Belize for a week only cost $850. This means you can experience a Belize fishing vacation with airfare for around $1200 or so.

Contact Belize Kayak Fishing here

Belize Bonefish

Belize Bonefish

With the recent economic down turn in North America, The boys at Belize Kayak Fishing decided that it’s just not fair to charge thousands of dollars to go fishing in Belize. Now, with times being hard and the chips down is when they think more people need to go on a Belize fishing more than ever. With the stress and troubles that a slow economy can bring you need your time to relax on the water and forget your troubles for just a few days and focus on chasing Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon on a Belize fly fishing trip.

Well, they’ve decided to drop the price of their week long package to an astounding $850.00 for an entire week of fishing in Belize. They usually charge $1,100 for this Belize fishing package. The boys at Belize Kayak Fishing are and always have been fly fishers and completely understand the need to get away from it all with just you and a buddy or two and some gin-clear waters filled with tailing bonefish. Stalking the flats of Belize has a way of putting the world into perspective.

If you’re interested in booking a Belize fishing trip with Belize Kayak Fishing, simply follow the link below and read more about what is included in this 6 days of accommodations and 5 full days of Belize fishing for only $850.00 with the Belize Kayak Fishing crew.

Belize Kayak Fishing at it s best on the Belize Fishing flats of Ambergris Caye

Chasing Silver, is to-date one of the most informative and action packed fly fishing videos covering the

Chasing Silver

Chasing Silver

Tarpon species. This amazing film carries you down a journey of classic quotes and photos from the hand-line fishermen of yesteryears through an oral history to how we’ve gotten to this place now. With our sponsors, high-end / high-tech reels and rods. Our hundreds of fly patterns, and even multi-thousand dollar flats skiff that started as a john-boat with plywood fixed to them as a casting deck.

Follow many of todays top fly fishermen and women that pursue this magnificent prehistoric looking fish that continues to capture our imaginations and personally, a lot of my time. It has been my favorite pursuit on the flats and one of the major reasons I moved to the island of Ambergris Caye. “To pursue that damned fish!” – As I gain years, I’m becoming aware that maybe I didn’t catch the fish, Perhaps it was the other way around.”

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TARPON the movie

TARPON the movie

Quick update on for those interested in purchasing a copy of the cult classic fly fishing TARPON MOVIE on DVD by UYA Films featuring: Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, Richard Brautigan and music by Jimmy Buffett,. This classic film was recently re-mastered and put back on the market for sale. Of which time the movie has sold some 30,000 copies and still building steam. It was being offered for $34.99 from places like “The Book Mailer” – However, I’ve reduced the price to $20.99. At that price how can you resist owning your own copy of the famous TARPON movie on DVD.

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Marshall Cutchin

on October 17, 2008

A recently restored film featuring a trio of writers fishing for tarpon in Key West in the early 1970s has started to attract attention in literary and fly fishing circles. The movie, “Tarpon,” features the late poet Richard Brautigan and the novelists Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane, and includes original music written and performed by Jimmy Buffett.

Watch a clip from TARPON

The 53-minute documentary opens with a trolley-car ride in Key West and then segues into a narrative that features lots of salt water fly-fishing, and scenes that aim to capture the flavor of life among outsiders in Key West during the period. The movie also offers brief but entertaining views of a trio of writers who would later become well-known. Mr. Harrison, for example, is the author of the novella “Legends of the Fall”; the 1994 film version starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.

The producers of “Tarpon” failed to land a commercial distributor, and soon pirated editions began to circulate. “I was a fly fishing guide in Key West in the 1980s and 1990s, and it was something you had to see,” says Marshall Cutchin, publisher of MidCurrent.com, a popular Web site for fly fishing. The movie gathered dust for more than 30 years before its co-director, Guy de la Valdene, decided to restore it and then issue it as a DVD. “It’s exactly as it was when we made it,” says Mr. de la Valdene, who is the author of “For a Handful of Feathers,” a hunting book.

Purchase you copy of Tarpon on DVD by UYA Films Click Here – ONLY $20.95

Quick update on for those interested in purchasing a copy of the cult classic fly fishing TARPON MOVIE on DVD by UYA Films. This classic film was recently re-mastered and put back on the market for sale. Of which time the movie has sold some 30,000 copies and still building steam. It was being offered for $34.99 from places like “The Book Mailer” – However, Amazon has reduces the price to $27.99. At that price how can you resist owning your own copy of the famous TARPON movie on DVD.

CLICK HERE to purchase TARPON for $20.95