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Summer 2006 started with the best false albacore run in years. Not only were there more fish, but the fish were bigger, some pushing ten pounds. The king mackerel arrived a little later in July and the bite was outstanding all summer. Bluefish and ladyfish were easy targets and provided thrills for both fly and light tackle clients. Take a look at these photos for examples of the summer action. For examples from other seasons, check out these additional galleries: Photo Gallery for Fall 2006, Photo Gallery for Spring 2006, Photo Gallery for Winter 2006, Photo Gallery for Winter 2005, Photo Gallery for Spring 2005, Photo Gallery for Summer 2005, Photo Gallery for Fall 2005. Click on any of the small images below to see the full size photos. Use the back button on your browser to return to this page.

The false albacore were churning the surface of the Intracoastal Waterway on June 21 when Jeff Knight, Hoover AL, landed the first fish of the summer season.
Not to be outdone by brother Jeff, Keith Knight of Guntersville AL landed this beauty on an 8 wt.
David Van Sant with his first false albacore on fly, caught and released on June 22.
Ron Thomas from Unicoi Outfitters, Helen GA, and a four foot blacktip shark landed on a Temple Fork 9 wt while Spanish mackerel fishing on June 27.
David Butler and a fly-caught pompano boated June 29 while sight-fishing an inshore flat.
Chicago's Rick Lutkus and a beefy false albacore landed July 1.
Sam Bailey from Jasper AL hit the albies at their peak on July 2. The white froth in the background is the wake thrown up by hundreds of fish churning bait on the surface.
Sam and an 8-9 pound fish caught during the feeding frenzy. Sam set the boat record by landing two fish on the same cast. Contact Capt. Baz for details...
Charlie Lamar with his first saltwater fish caught on fly...a nice ladyfish landed July 5.
St. Louis's Patrick Story and cousin Jamie Franklin with a hard-fighting king mackerel caught on July 8.
Fishing buddies from high school Ked Stanfield and Adam Jones with a false albacore "double" on July 10.
Daniel Walters landed this nice king mackerel on July 12. This was the first of nine kings boated July 12 and 13.
Daniel's dad, Dave Walters, and an 18 pound king caught July 13. Dave hooked a similar sized fish on fly, but lost him at the boat.
Daniel, Ben, and Dave Walters of Johnson City, Tennessee, taking a break from the kings and albies.
Mike Lynam, Monroe GA, and the short-lived boat record 18.5 pound king mackerel caught July 19.
Lauren Lynam bested her dad later in the day by catching the current 2006 boat record king, a nineteen pounder. Way to go, Lauren!
Congratulations to Phillip Stephens on his first saltwater fly-caught fish ... a little trout landed on a Travis Akins popper and released on July 29.
Danny Bowers of Marietta, SC, had his hands full with this king mackerel on August 4.
"Here's looking at you, kid." Check out the teeth on this king caught by Parker Bowers.
Bradley Equipment's Greg Meinhart and a bad-to-the-bone bluefish landed August 10.
"Leaping bluefish, Batman!" Peter Merritt from Indiana University had his hands full on a six wt. with this bluefish and many others like it on August 10.
Bill Gates, Germantown TN, and a hard-fighting unknown species on August 17.
Bill added the summer's most unusual catch to his long list of accomlishments. Watch out for that stinger.
Peter Petruzzi of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the prettiest catch of the year....a lovely little dolphin released on August 29.

The false albacore made an encore appearance on September 2, and Jacque LeBeau was there to greet them. This was Jacque's first albie on fly ... very satisfying.

On September 9 Eric Stafford of Prosonic Corporation couldn't keep the albies off a new fly pattern tied by Ben Walters of the Fly Shop of Tennessee (www.flyshopoftn.com)
Bob Spotswood nailed this bluefish on a Feather Craft popper September 17 while his buddy Hobart McWhorter threw big poppers at sharks. Hobart hooked a 5 to 6 footer and fought it for thirty minutes before the hook pulled out.

 

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Gulf Breeze Guide Service
P.O. Box 251
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32562-0251 (USA)
Tel: 850.934.3292 or 850.261.9035 (cell)
Email:
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