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.

July 9, 2017
Jumping mahi (aka dolphinfish) caught saltwater fishing
Dolphin (mahi) leaps clear of the water off the middle Florida Keys in the late fall. Jason Stemple /

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

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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
Underwater tarpon swimming shallow water Hawks Cay, Florida Keys,
A resident tarpon around Hawks Cay on patrol. Jason Stemple /
Osprey flying after snatching baitfish from saltwater
Holding the prize in its talons after snatching it from the water, an osprey flies off. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
Underwater bonefish swimming flats off Grand Bahama Island
A bonefish cruises the flats of Grand Bahama Island. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
Pathfinder bay fishing boat running Florida Bay at sunrise
A Pathfinder bay boat skims over Florida Bay just after sunrise. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /
Redfish caught saltwater fishing South Carolina lowcountry
Portrait of a redfish moments before its release in the South Carolina lowcountry. Jason Stemple /
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. Jason Stemple /

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. Jason Stemple /


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