Remote reefs. Tropical fish. Crashing in a hammock. Wild boat rides. Lucha libre masks. Eight- to twelve-pound bonefish. Sound like something you want in on? Welcome to Scorpion Reef. In November 2012, a group of anglers embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to one of the most remote reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Five atolls, known collectively as Alacranes Reef, are located 120 km due north of Progreso. The reef complex is 27 km (17 miles) long and 20 km (13 miles) wide with a total area of some 245 square km (153 square miles). Alacrán is an emergent platform-type reef that forms part of a group known as the Campeche Bank Reefs, so named because they are located along the outer shelf of the Campeche Bank. It is the largest reef in the entire southern gulf, as well as the most northerly in location. The reef has five vegetated islands associated with it, Isla Desterrada, Desertora, Pérez, Chica and Pájaros. There are no ferries or any sort regularly scheduled transportation to this reef. It has been said that the trip is not for the weak of heart. There are no installations for receiving people, so visitors MUST take their own water, food, tents and any other supplies. Once there, interlopers have to be careful to avoid injury all costs, as there are no doctors, hospitals or support and it takes many long hours to reach the mainland. The logistic issues and risks laid aside, bonefish are present. Boy, are they present. And hungry. Six men – WorldCast Anglers President Mike Dawes, Orvis CEO Perk Perkins, and guides Ryan Buccola, Bear Holeman, Jose Briceno and Alejandro “Sandflea” Vega joined RA Beattie on the trip into the badlands of the gulf. The motely crew proved more than up to the task, though adventures were had that changed each man for a lifetime.
Running the Coast
The Striped Bass is almost certainly the most revered and sought after saltwater species in North America, and this epic, near 3hr film delves deep into the subject of angling for these hard fighting fish. Following a group of 'striper' lifers, the film starts in the spawning grounds of Chesapeake Bay where expert anglers, the Tylers are looking for their first fish of the season. As sunset arrives, they finally find the fish they have been looking for and a big striper is boated to kick off the film in style. Further up the coast we meet Jo Shastray, a New York city firefighter and fishing boat captain who is equally obsessed by these fish. He explains how the currents and tides of New York harbour provide excellent opportunity to target stripers, and what an amazing backdrop we see as Jo does just that in front of the Manhattan skyline at night. As the water warms and fish migrate, they can be sighted up and down the coast and targeted out in open water and the Tylers show just how to find and catch these fish. We meet legends like Lefty Kreh and Bob Popovics who are both addicted to catching stripers and have played a hefty role in the development of fly angling for them. Greg Myserson also shows us how its done, fishing a worm hatch in Rhode Island, and he should know whathe's doing as in 2011 he became the IGFA World Record Holder for Striped Bass with a huge 81lb fish. We follow the migration up the coast culminating at Montauk where hoardes of anglers arrive each year to find stripers in what could truly be called the surf fishing capital of the world. We also join Pink Floyd's Roger Waters in Montauk as he fly fishes 'the blitz' where thousands of stripers hit bait on the surface and the action is relentless. This is a must watch film for saltwater anglers providing an incredible insight into the Striped Bass fishing scene, along with plenty of information about how to successfully target these amazing fish.
The 5th film in Confluence Film's incredible collection is Providence, a saltwater fly fishing adventure to the famed Providence Atoll, in the Seychelles. These waters were closed for several years due to the threat of Somalian pirates so when the team arrived in October 2015, they were basically fishing virgin flats. Not surprisingly, they encountered a myriad of hard fighting flats species such as Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Bonefish, Trigger Fish, Milkfish, Bumphead Parrotfish and plenty more. This is a fantastic film and story filmed at one of the best destinations you could find.... not to be missed by anyone interested in saltwater fly fishing To watch, just login or register
For the Sport of It
This amazing film follows Capt Mark Martin as he attempts to catch a mako shark on a fly rod off the San Diego coast. At the same time we get an insight into how attitudes are changing in the world of shark fishing: where once sharks were killed, now catch and release is gaining ground.
Following a near-fatal rock-climbing fall, Art Webb was looking for something to help him recreate the adrenaline highs that climbing had provided him. He found it: chasing some of the fastest fish in the ocean – marlin and other billfish – with a fly rod. As his stories of his adventures spread, two of his friends – fishing obsessives Brian and Colby Trow, couldn’t pass up the chance to join his mission to catch marlin in their home waters off Virginia.
The Indian Ocean - a vast expanse of blue, studded with tiny island chains. One of the best known is the Seychelles, a paradise for holiday-makers and anglers alike. Alphonse follows one group of anglers on a six day excursion to throw flies to bonefish, sailfish, and a host of other flats species...
Rise, the follow up to Drift takes us to 6 stunning new fly fishing locations in search of fly fishing nirvana. Kicking things off in Florida, with some spectacular tarpon action, the story then takes us to a fantastic lodge in Patagonia for some of the world's best rainbow and brown trout fishing. Back in the USA, we're in Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Katrina to see how the redfish fishery was affected post Katrina. Boasting a huge estuarine system, there are more redfish here per acre than anywhere and less fishing pressure. Henry's Fork on the Snake river is next and can probably claim to offer the best dry fly fishing in the USA. With an incrediby diverse array of water, and beautiful scenery, this is a stunning place to fly fish. In Venezuela, we're in Los Roques which as most people would is one of the best bonefish flats fisheries in the world. Finally, we're in Alaska, possibly the most iconic sport fishery in the world where Ray Peterson set up the first fly in lodge operation, setting the standard for the many lodges that followed.
Bluefin Tuna on the Fly
Having travelled the world chasing fish, the people in this film believed that they had experienced the very best of what fly fishing has to offer. But then the long absent bluefin tuna returned to the waters off the coast of the France's Pays Basque. Catching bluefin tuna on the fly would turn out to be the best of all.
In Search of Grande
In Search of Grande is a short but compelling story of two friends in the search for one of fly fishing’s ultimate prizes, a Grande Rooster fish. Taking place on the beaches of the Baha peninsular the two have to overcome many challenges in their goal of landing a really big Rooster from the beach. Spirits are pushed to the limit as things go from bad to worst for the two friends in a rollercoaster of emotions. This is a classic tale of how through grit and determination success can be obtained no matter what the adversity with some adrenaline fuelled fishing action to boot. To watch just login or register
There are Tarpon fishing films, and then there are tarpon fishing films. This is definitely the latter. Two guys - Daniel Göz and Jan Bach Kristensen - venture far off the beaten track in Central America on a quest for giant tarpon, caught on the fly from float tubes. The adventure unfolds as the catch of a lifetime is documented with incredible footage of exhilarating close-up fights with giant tarpon, breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as interaction with the locals. - Drake Film Festival “Best Fishing” 2010 - Les Farios - Pêches Sportives outstanding Cinematography 2011 - 5Point Film Festival “Best Submission” 2011 - Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards 2011 Silver Winner “Adventure & Travel”
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