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May 09, 2011

Doug Kelly

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Frustrating, absolutely frustrating. Stu Apte and I, standing on the bow of Richard Stanczyk's flats skiff, waved bye-bye to three large schools of bonefish pushing upwind and up-current behind us on the flat. Since the prospect of catching no bones at all loomed large this early June day at the western edge of Florida Bay near the Keys, Stanczyk - unable to make any headway poling back into the west wind with a dead-low tide - hopped out of the skiff and pushed it.
Welcome to Face Off, where hot topics of interest and importance to anglers are debated by two key players, each arguing his or her side of the issue. Each player then rebuts the points made by his or her opponent. Both advocates are allowed the same amount of space, and procedures are in place to ensure complete fairness. - Doug Kelly, editor The rules of saltwater fly fishing represent almost sacred decrees to many of the sport's passionate advocates. As a result, proposals to change established rules often result in fierce resistance. Just as the U.S.
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Fan out in all directions for spectacular light-tackle action at the bottom of Florida's mainland.
Are you prepared to face the offshore fisherman's nightmare?
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Try these sure-fire Alaska techniques to take salmon and halibut anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
If you've never enjoyed the warm, moist, rich flavor of freshly smoked king salmon, you're missing something special. The taste doesn't leave your mouth too soon, and no one really cares that the same goes for the smell on your fingers and breath. An additional treat is eating your catch at day's end, and if the cook possesses skills even close to those of Dennis Hay, you'll want to take him home with you. Once you manage to net a healthy king or silver (the best-eating salmon, in my opinion), don't stop: Try and catch a halibut too.
Booking a trip to Alaska can be a snap, considering it's not a foreign country and most outfitters can help make arrangements. I flew to Seattle, then hopped to Juneau aboard Alaska Airlines and met Dennis Hay at the airport. Unless your final destination's close enough to pick you up by boat, several fleets of float planes can fly you practically right to the doorstep of your resort. Dennis Hay's Pro-Angler Adventures offers trips from three days/nights to six days/nights, and a price range of $1,985 to $3,485 per person for groups of up to 16 guests at Elfin Cove Lodge.
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The Abracadabra battled an estimated 1,500-pound marlin in a Bahamas tournament before the leader finally gave way.
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Visit This Hot Battleground in Southeast Florida and Duel Trophy-Size Linesiders - and Much More.
Homosassa, about 60 miles north of Tampa and 80 miles west of Orlando, lies just west of state highway 19. MacRae's (pictured here), which hosted me for the trip, offers 10 efficiencies and 12 standard rooms, a conference room that seats 50, a full marina with gas, boat and canoe rentals, slips, bait and tackle, and three seafood restaurants within walking distance. Those arriving by boat and staying at the hotel receive slips at no charge. Established in the early 1950s as a family business, the operation now is run by Gator MacRae.