20 Striking Saltwater Fishing Pictures From Florida and the Bahamas | Sport Fishing Magazine

20 Striking Photos of Fishing Florida and the Bahamas

From ankle-deep flats to abyssal blue ocean depths, sample the spectacle and scenery of fishing these lush tropical waters captured by photographer Jason Stemple.

Jumping mahi (aka dolphinfish) caught saltwater fishing

Dolphin (mahi) leaps clear of the water off the middle Florida Keys in the late fall.

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A prolific photographer of fish, fishing and fishing boats, Jason Stemple offers here a sampling of the variety of images he takes on and under the water. The South Carolina native travels widely around this country and beyond and has compiled a vast collection of images. More can be seen on jasonstemple.com.



Sailfish caught saltwater fishing jumping next to deep sea boat in Florida Keys

Capt. Scott Walker enjoys boatside acrobatics of a feisty Florida Keys sailfish.

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Fly fishing saltwater anglers from flats boat in marsh near Folly Beach, South Carolina

A fly-rodder sets up on a tailing redfish in the marsh near Folly Beach, South Carolina, with Charleston-based Fly Right Charters.

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Lady angler releasing big redfish caught saltwater fishing in South Carolina Lowcountry marsh

Angler Caroline Irwin was the earlybird who caught the redfish just before dawn, fishing South Carolina's Lowcountrywith her husband, Capt. John Irwin.

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Anglers saltwater bonefish fishing under waterspout near North Riding Point Bonefish Club

A skinny waterspout reaches down toward the water in an approaching thunderstorm as guide and angler search the flats for bonefish in the Bahamas near North Riding Point Bonefish Club.

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Saltwater anglers subduing a large swordfish caught fishing off Hawks Cay, Florida Keys

Up from the depths: Hooked in 1,800 feet of water off Hawks Cay, Florida, this daytime swordfish is finally subdued boatside by captains Scott Walker and Steve Rodger.

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Poling flats for redfish saltwater fishing from skiff in Florida Bay

A pole's eye view of Capt. Shafter Johnston poling seemingly infinite grass flats in Florida Bay in search of redfish.

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Underwater tarpon swimming shallow water Hawks Cay, Florida Keys,

A resident tarpon around Hawks Cay on patrol.

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Osprey flying after snatching baitfish from saltwater

Holding the prize in its talons after snatching it from the water, an osprey flies off.

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Blackfin tuna fish blitzing next to deep sea fishing boat off Key West, Florida

Blitzing blackfin — casting into a school of tuna busting at the surface about 30 miles south of Key West.

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Red drum (redfish) tailing in marsh grass flats fishing

A sight any angler longs to see: A feeding redfish tails in spartina grass as high tides entices the predators to move in.

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Angler casting toward school of tarpon from saltwater flats skiff fishing boat

Incoming! A school of tarpon heads toward a flats skiff off Duck Key, Florida, as Capt. Shafter Johnston throws in front of them.

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Yellowtail snapper feeding on pilchards at ocean surface off Key West, Florida

When snapper make like tuna: A bunch of bruiser yellowtail snapper feed at the surface off Key West, enticed by chumming heavily with pilchards.

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Underwater bonefish swimming flats off Grand Bahama Island

A bonefish cruises the flats of Grand Bahama Island.

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Underwater blue-tailed redfish caught fishing South Carolina

A bluetail redfish: Occasionally smaller redfish display brilliant blue hues on their tales, as this one in South Carolina waters.

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Underwater school of feeding jack crevalle in Florida Bay

A pack of marauding jack crevalle tears through Florida Bay snapping up anything in its path.

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Pathfinder bay fishing boat running Florida Bay at sunrise

A Pathfinder bay boat skims over Florida Bay just after sunrise.

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Tarpon rolls and emits bubbles at Worldwide Sportsman, Islamorada, Florida

Tarpon roam wherever they please in the Florida keys; this one, was rolling and emitting a string of bubbles in the shadow of the Worldwide Sportsman in Islamorada.

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Redfish caught saltwater fishing South Carolina lowcountry

Portrait of a redfish moments before its release in the South Carolina lowcountry.

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Goggle-eye rigged kite bait flips at ocean surface

Come and get me! The struggles and splashing of this goggle-eye kite bait off Marathon, in the Keys, is calling in any sailfish within range.

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About the Photographer

Photographer Jason Stemple

Jason Stemple, a freelance photographer based out of Charleston, South Carolina, travels around and outside of the United States for his work in the fishing industry. That takes him from the tiniest high-country streams in Colorado to the flats of the Florida Keys and out to blue water in the Gulf Stream. Stemple's photography can be seen in most fishing magazines and, in the ads and social-media campaigns of his industry clients including Yeti, Orvis, Mercury, Calcutta, Buff, Lowrance, Simrad, Plano, Shimano, Yellowfin, Bubba Blade, Saltwater Experience TV, Into the Blue TV and others.

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