A.J. Chew, 8 Stuart, Florida A.J. has caught 18 different saltwater species, all without assistance. Among the species he has caught are snook, trout, redfish, ladyfish, jacks, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, barracuda, bluefish, bonito and sailfish. This past summer, A.J. added one more to his impressive list: this nice dolphin, which he caught off Stuart with his dad.
James Means, 9 Albuquerque, New Mexico James is a fishing fanatic who looks forward to reading Salt Water Sportsman each month. James mostly freshwater trout fishes but has considerable saltwater experience as well. He wanted a photo of himself with this nice redfish, caught off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, just before he and his father released it.
First on Fly
R.J. Schupler, 9 Cold Spring Harbor, New York R.J. has been fishing the blitz off Montauk, New York, since he was 5 years old. He caught his first false albacore on fly this past October during the fall blitz, while fishing with Capt. Ernie French (right). R.J.’s dad, Rob, says his son caught his first striped bass on fly last year and his first Montauk grand slam (striper, false albacore and bluefish) last year as well. As if that weren’t enough, he landed a fat tarpon last April on an outing with his family off Puerto Rico.
She’d Rather Fish
Sydnie Sayward, 12 Wells, Maine Sydnie loves to share her time on the water with her friends. Every year, instead of having a birthday party with cake and ice cream, she invites a few of her friends to join her and her dad on the water for a little fishing on his boat. Sydnie enjoys showing her friends how to fish. She’ll invite the ones that don’t get the opportunity to do it very often, and she’ll have them hooked on the sport in no time. This year, she had three girls put 11 stripers on the boat in the first hour, and all were released to be caught another time. She’s an accomplished angler and a catch-and-release advocate to boot.
Hayley and Tyler Hack, 13 and 9 Mobile, Alabama Hayley and Tyler’s dad, Bryan, says these kids have grown up fishing Mobile Bay and around the Mobile Delta. Tyler caught several gag grouper and this nice red snapper on his first offshore trip. Sister Hayley is a die-hard angler and prefers inshore fishing. She loves getting up before dawn to fish, and Bryan says it’s the only time she willingly gets out of bed. She likes to chase flounder and speckled trout and recently caught this 61/2-pound speck using a live pogy. Sounds like these two youngsters are well on their way to being serious anglers!
William Steere, 14, with the 15-pound bluefish he caught off Bretton Point near Newport, RI
Three-year-old Graeme Baker with his first striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in Boston Harbor. With a little help from Dad (Darren) casting and setting the hook, Graeme reeled it in to where Darren could lean over and lip it out of the water before returning the fish to the water.
Andrew Milstein, age 6, with a 36-pound bass
Jay Belmont, age 12, caught this American eel while fishing at night during Columbus Day weekend 2011. The eel was released after the pictures were taken.
Tommy Kay, age 8, with a redfish he caught off the surf in Destin using shrimp.
Jason Bryson submitted this picture
Daniel Plourde, 13, of Vero Beach, FL, with a nice snook that was released
Rob Woithe, 8, had five Junior Angler tournament wins to his credit in 2011.
McGuire Galing with his dad and uncles boarded the Double-O with Captain Bob Ostrom out of Madeira Beach, FL. This was McGuire’s first trip of deep sea fishing and the Gulf offered a great variety for him that day.
Antonio Maietta, 12, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, reeled in this striper in early September 2011 while fishing with his dad and godfather off Scortons Ledge.
Nine-year-old Connor Campbell recently won the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Junior Angler of the Year by catching 12 billfish during the 2011 season (1 blue, 1 spear, and 10 whites). He fishes only on the family boat “Reel Estate” with his grandfather, father, uncles, and friends as mainly weekend warriors, competing against some of the best billfish boats and crews on the Atlantic.
Thomas Crocker, 6 years old, of Georgetown, SC, caught and released his first redfish on November 13, 2011 in Winyah Bay. This was also his first time casting and retrieving.
Cade Woodcock, 10, fishes with his Dad and family every chance he gets, mostly in South Carolina and Florida, which are near his home in Atlanta.
Maddux J. Ezell, 11, fishes in San Carlos, Mexico. The photo is of him with the dorado he caught this summer.
6 1/2-year-old Spencer Ray Jackson hooked into this big ladyfish in John D. Macarthur State Park on Singer Island, Florida, while kayak fishing.
Nate Ferrari, age 7, from Bucks County, PA, has really become quite the angler. These fish were the biggest that he ever caught and he was thrilled beyond belief!
My son and I Jackson Carmack went out on the Chesapeake Bay Thanksgiving day 2011 and he was able to catch his first group of rockfish.
Truman Curtis Jr. catching his first bluefin tuna aboard Chasin’ Tail Charters, Green Harbor, MA
Mason Dopirak loves to fish offshore with his dad and brothers
Nathan Winterhalter, 6 years old, with a 19 1/2-inch redfish he caught on December 4, 2011