Tarpon in the shallows

Not long ago, Jim was at the beach with some guests. They had expressed an interest in fishing so he had a rod with him. The guests had moved on to other things so Jim decided to cast. And to his surprise he caught a big Tarpon in the shallows. What excitement. He yelled over to Ramon who was able to capture the catch on film. Awesome day at the beach – fish on.


Fly rod explosion

So, Gary wanted to see some fly fishing in action while he was here. Jim of course told him no problem. So, Jim takes his brother Greg’s new fly rod out with them to fish that day. Jim gets on the rod to work it so that Gary can get some photos of the process. Next thing you know the rod explodes. Everyone on the boat can’t imagine what has just happened. Jim is just sick as his brother hasn’t even used his rod yet. And Gary captured it all on film.


What happens when the pros come out to play…

We were fortunate to host Gary Kramer and his fishing buddy Vince Bruccolieri in April 2009. They came to do some fishing; however the ended up doing some catching 🙂

Gary kindly shared the photos he took during their stay with us. I am going to present them to you over the month. Here is a bit more information about Gary that I collected from his website.

Gary Kramer is a full-time outdoor writer and photographer based in Willows, California. He is a Contributing Photographer for Sports Afield and is the Senior Correspondent for the Bird Hunting Report. One of the most prolific writer/photographers in the country, his images and words are regularly published in Ducks Unlimited, Petersen’s Hunting, American Hunter, Shooting Sportsman, WildBird, other magazines and, numerous books, calendars and corporate advertizing. Since 2002, Gary has been a featured photographer in Cabela’s Conservation Calendar and has won numerous awards including “The Best of the Best” top honor in the Outdoor Writers Association of America photo contest.

Gary has traveled the globe for more than two decades in search of new and interesting hunting, fishing and photographic opportunities. These travels have taken him to the sands of the Sahara in Egypt and Chad, the alpine tundra of Sweden, the Pampas of Argentina and Uruguay, the moors of Scotland and the swamps of Zambia and Botswana. Gary has hunted, fished and photographed in 30 foreign countries as well as Hawaii, Alaska and the continental US.

Gary earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and for 26 years was a biologist and refuge manager with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. From 1989 to 1999, he was the manager of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex where he directed the management of six wildlife refuges, largely devoted to providing wintering habitat for waterfowl. Gary retired from the Service to pursue his writing and photo career full time.

Gary and Vince’s trip was arranged for them by Detail Company Adventures. Gary told Cody Greany who arranged the trip for him that Tranquilo Bay is one of his favorite places in all of his travels. This means a lot to us coming from someone who is as well traveled as Gary.

Enjoy his photos. We are.


Don’t forget – Watch Randy Jones Strike Zone Today

Episode 63- Tranquilo Bay, Panama Tarpon: Want to learn the biggest secret in Tarpon fishing all for less than it would cost to fight the crowds of Florida? Then join Randy this week you travel with him to the Caribbean of Panama for world class Tarpon fishing without the world famous crowds! You will be amazed by the beauty and ready to book your trip to Tranquilo Bay at the end of this adventure! You also won’t want to miss this week’s guide tip and are you the Catch of the Day winner?


Randy Jones Strike Zone – Revised

Randy Jones Strike Zone – The Outdoor Channel – Tarpon Fishing with Tranquilo Bay episode airs on Saturday, May 30, 2009. Check your local listings for exact times: 7:00 am and 1:30 pm Central Time. This time Randy went way beyond Southern California. It was great fun to have Randy and his crew here. We are looking forward to the episode.

Check out the details for the show here: http://www.outdoorchannel.com/Shows/RandyJonesStrikeZone.aspx