The following images were captured via iPhone and Lumix GH3 over the past couple of months. These images serve as a memorable account of my 2016 Summer so far. Many other moments of life have come and gone, but these stills are a small snapshot of what it’s been like to be on the water more than land. Many hours at the helm filled with thoughts of the future and a strong disconnect to society in general. Living isolated moments of singular purpose and staring at the sea in search of other life forms. Today is the second day in a row that I’ve been on land in the past 21 days: slowly feeling more human every second, for now.
Early Summer bluefin taken on a surface lure.
Mark Nisbet captures the feeling of the day…Catalina Island camping adventure by foot.
Myself with Capt. Jimmy Decker and a couple of spotted bay bass.
Bongos Whaler – mucho assembly required.
Harambe sized calico bass shot by Afran Abutin.
Jeff Rodgers records finer details of his biggest calico bass to date.
Mid-Summer daydreaming with Mike Stembridge.
Capt. Nick Tharp – focused on the mission.
Anatomy of the fight.
180+lb bluefin tuna taken on a very light set-up.
Tails. We win.
T-Rod mid-tuna prayers.
Brandon Hayward with one of many trophy sized fish caught this Summer.
Jason with a nice sized bull dorado caught on a fruitful scrap of kelp.
Mid-battle with his biggest tuna to date.
Ryan celebrates a significant bluefin tuna taken aboard ‘Opah.’
Chris Smith and friend with Duane Mellor as we interface in the middle of nowhere. So fun working with friends!
Capt. Ben Knight pinned to the bow of Bongos III, just a few miles outside of Dana Point.
The only reason for everything that I do. Ojaio and I enjoy a Dad and daughter moment on Free Ranger.
Vassar, approaching with caution.
Vassar, bluefin handled.
Kevin and his crew watched this yellowfin tuna blow up on a surface lure placed in front of a pod of feeding porpoise.
Lots of cranky bass this Summer.
Two fliers on the hunt for finbait.
Cover shot of the current issue of The Bight. Justin Hugron, Below California.
Holly preparing some bluefin poke for the family.
Surreal surroundings to match a bizarre state of consciousness.
Free Ranger in it’s natural environment.
Steve was stoked on this slug of a Catalina calico bass.
Scott fooled this yellowtail with a WaxWing and a light line spinning outfit.
Scott executes the timeless act of flying a kite.
Mid-sea 20 mackerel hand-off to the Parker 23.
Travis Potter’s ‘Flyer.’
A break from the offshore hunt put us in the hot sun and sizable biters. Sheephead muy grande.
Thanks go to everybody I’ve fished with this Summer. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the season unfold and hopefully making adjustments to keep catching fish. Hoping to meet new anglers and make new friends – reach out to have an adventure together.