The Dazzling Fishing Photography of Henry Gilbey

20 spectacular photos capture the drama and exhilaration that is saltwater sport fishing

Editor's note: Occasional Sport Fishing contributor Henry Gilbey describes himself as "a fishing junkie who has spent his working life trying his absolute best not to get a grownup job." The UK resident travels the world to photograph and write about some of the best fishing there is, yet nowhere is he happier than fishing for seabass on the south and southwest coastlines of Ireland. Visit henry-gilbey.com to see more of his work (or book a guided trip for European seabass).

The Essence of "Remote"

Casting to GTs on Astove Atoll, somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This is about as remote as it gets.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - remote Astove Atoll
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Cape Cod Dawn

Hoping for a striper, an angler casts early in the season at the Cape Cod Canal.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - Cape Cod Canal
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Feeding Frenzy

Giant trevally and tunas mix it up outside an Indian Ocean atoll.

Giant trevally and tunas mix it up outside an Indian Ocean atoll
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Ferocious Fight in the Face of a Storm

A fly-rod fisherman attempts to turn a broad-shouldered giant trevally on a Seychelles flat as storm clouds threaten on the horizon.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - fighting a fish in front of a storm
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Terrible Teeth Take Their Toll

Pity the poor popper that falls prey to a great barracuda like this one that snatched my Halco Roosta-Popper on a large flat.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - great barracuda
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Rough Surf and Sharks on the Coast of Gabon

Despite the conditions and presence of sharks on this stretch of west African beach, the abundance of huge cubera snapper calls to adventurous anglers.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - fishing the Gabon surf
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Giant Trevally: Trophy on the Fly

These anglers traveled to an atoll 250 miles off the coast of Mauritius — and found the trip worthwhile.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - giant trevally on fly rod
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Flying Striper in the Fog

With a heavy shroud of fog as a backdrop, an angler releases a fat striped bass off Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - Cape Cod striped bass release
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Squall-Line Bonefish

A school of Bahamas bonefish outweighs concerns about an approaching squall

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - Bahamas bonefish under a squall
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Dragging a Skiff in the Seychelles

A guide pulls a skiff behind him as his angler wades and sightcasts in the background.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - working a Seychelles flat
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Indo-Pacific Permit

As with permit everywhere, one of the toughest and most coveted of sight-casting targets.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - Indo-Pacific Permit
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Rock-Hopping in the Indian Ocean

A fly fisherman leaps to the sandy shallows from a rock as a booby looks on.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - rock hopping in an Indian Ocean atoll
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Big Skies, Big Heat, Big Fish

That characterizes the gorgeous Indian Ocean flats fishing — and I can't get enough of it.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - fishing Indian Ocean flat
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Second-Class Citizen?

With such great fishing for giant trevally around Indian Ocean atolls, it's easy to forget just how good the bonefishing can be.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - releasing an Indian Ocean bonefish
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Ireland's Austere Beauty

For all my exotic travel, nowhere floats my boat as much as Ireland's rugged and mostly empty coastline. Here an angler fishes for bass (European seabass).

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - fishing Ireland coast for bass
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Big Breeze, Big Bass

Quick pre-release shot of a large Massachusetts striper on a blustery spring day.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - big striped bass
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Test of Tackle and Skill

That's what a big Giant Trevally will do to a fly-rodder on the clear emerald flats of the Seychelles.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - battling a giant trevally on fly rod
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Step Carefully!

Anglers negotiate the surf zone inside an Indian Ocean reef as they search for the dark, shadowy shape of a giant trevally.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - negotiating the surf zone
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Early Morning Serenity

The sun clears away the fog over Massachusetts' Cape Cod Canal to reveal a picture-perfect day for this angler casting for stripers.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - picture-perfect day for angler fishing Cape Cod Canal
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Anglers in Heaven

That's my take of the Seychelles, where the big blue skies and flats seem to go on forever.

Dazzling fishing photography of Henry Gilbey - Seychelles fishing scene
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But Wait: There's More!

Now see some amazing photography of game fish from beneath the surface in this gallery.

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.Paul Dabill