Photos: Big Pete Meets Big Jack

Written by: Pete Kutzer
It wasn't the permit he'd been looking for, but Pete will settle for a hard-charging jack. Photo by Dave Yoder
My good friend Capt. Dave Yoder and I just spent a week fishing in the toughest tournament in the Keys: the March Merkin permit tournament out of Key West. After dealing with the frustrations with. . .
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Video: Living the “Low Life” in Southwestern Florida

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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!
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Photos of the Day: A Keys Super Slam from the SUP

This sweet bonefish ate a heavy permit fly the second it hit the water. Photo courtesy Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis of the Skinny Water Culture blog sent in these great photos from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Florida Keys with this friend, Alex. They were after bonefish, but they found a whole. . .
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Video: False Albacore and “Blood in the Water”

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Our pals from Shallow Water Expeditions are back with another great video, this time chasing false albacore as they crash schools of blood minnows on the surface. The feeding frenzy creates some amazing footage and killer fishing action.
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Video: Stu Apte, Big Tarpon, and the Citrus Queen

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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.
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Classic Video: Casting for Tarpon with a Glass Fly Rod

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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. . .
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Photos from the Water: Florida Tarpon with Jeff and Steve

Steve Hemkens gets hold of a beautiful Florida tarpon this afternoon. Photo by Jeff Swedberg
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. . .
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