Fly Fishing Tournament

by Shane Coleman May. 02, 2018 280 views

I have been out of the loop for a few days and have not been able to photograph very much. I traveled a good distance this past weekend to a fly fishing charity tournament. I did take the camera along but the competition mindset kept me from taking any photos.

My teammate and I seemed to be having a lot of bad luck throughout the day, although we were able to put fish in the boat that we hoped would at least put us in the top 5 finishers. However, just minutes before we had to start returning to the launch for weigh-in, lady luck decided to shine her face on us. My teammate was able to land a very healthy redfish that served as an "upgrade" to one of our smaller ones. Because of this last minute clutch moment, we were able to take First Place Overall and also Biggest Redfish. It was a very happy moment for us both, especially after we had worked so hard throughout the day and had to overcome so many obstacles. However, the most exciting thing about these events is seeing old friends and making new ones! Anyway, thought I'd share the moment with you, my photoblog friends.

From left to right:

Myself (blue shirt), Mathew Roberts (tournament director), Mark McCarline (my teammate).

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Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago
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Shane Coleman Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago

I’ve tried to respond but haven’t been able to do anything on photoblog lately because of all the site problems. Anyway...

No mustaches for me. 😆

As far as the fishing... It’s really hard to describe and is more something that would need to be experienced. I’ll give it a shot anyway. My reasons:

1) being in nature, on the water, and in the marsh... it is alive and filled with so much beauty. 

2) when we fly fish and or sight fish for redfish, we are actively hunting for fish, fish that you can see. We aren’t sitting around waiting, it is very engaging and active. 

3) fly fishing in and of itself is very “therapeutic” for me personally. 

4) the adrenaline and excitement when everything works out, you cast the fly in the right spot, you watch the fish aggressively eat the fly, and then the battle/fight that ensues after you hook it. 

Maybe this will give you some ideas of what it means to me.

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Andi Saw Replied to Shane Coleman 1 year, 5 months ago
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Shane Coleman Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago

I do keep fish occasionally to eat but I am very conservation minded. I only keep what I plan on eating. Otherwise the fish are given a lot of care and are quickly released... if handled correctly, they will not die. I also participate in a State tagging program. So, I’ll catch the fish, record some basic scientific data that will later be uploaded to a site, I tag the fish (which has a specific number for that fish and information), and then the fish is released. If the fish is later re-captured, the same would apply. In this way, marine biologists are able to gather a lot of information to help with conservation issues.

Believe me, I greatly admire and respect the fish we have. I can get so much enjoyment just from watching them in their habitat. I don’t kill anything just for the sake of doing it. I wasn’t raised that way.

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Andi Saw Replied to Shane Coleman 1 year, 5 months ago
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Shane Coleman Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 5 months ago

😊

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