Yearly Archives: 2013
The Final 3

The final 3:

The crew headed up to Pina’s Bay landing strip to gather our newest group to arrive. Art Smith and his two son’s Ian and Adam, where to be our guests for the next 4 days of fishing.  We all headed down the beach to the awaiting Panga that would transfer them over to the ship. The rain was lightly falling, and somehow our fearless Panaga driver somehow managed to plow us bow first into a wave, sending a wall of water over our heads and drenching our new guests from head to toe.  After some drying off and having a bit of a laugh about it, we made plans on what time we where going to pick them up the next morning from Tropic Star.

That next morning the sun was shining and the fishing was SLOW!!! Like really really SLOW! The bite had defiantly shut off for the first day and a half of fishing and we where all hoping that the days slow fishing wasn’t a sign of things to come.

Luckily for us the slow fishing was short lived. In the 4 days of Fishing Captain Wade raised 5 Marlin and caught 3, plus lots of Tuna and Sailfish. Each one of our guests had to chance to reel in a Marlin and we ended the 4 days of fishing by finding a nice Tuna bait ball. Congrats to the guys for catching their first Pacific Blue Marlin!

 Here are some images from the last trip of our 2013 Season.

gary_carter_Blue_2013_102webChartered Plane Flying into Pina’s

Pinas_Dec_2013_41webArt and his boys, Ian and Adam.

Pinas_Dec_2013_40webArt Fighting the big one!

Pinas_Dec_2013_35webHerby getting us some live bait!

Pinas_Dec_2013_36webHe has a terrified look on his face!

Pinas_Dec_2013_29webAdam with a nice sized Dorado!


Pinas_Dec_2013_11webIan Hooked onto a Nice 400lbs plus Blue Marlin


Pinas_Dec_2013_13webIan’s Fish came up Tail Wrapped and the Boys desperately tried to revive it for over 20 min. The Old Girl just didn’t make it.

480lbs_marlin_4webCaptain Wade, gives a “Thumbs Down” to Losing this fish.

480lbs_marlin_19webPoor Girl, but she will be feeding a lot of mouths tonight.

480lbs_marlin_22webCaptain Wade Tapes her out to be 480lbs Blue Marlin

480lbs_marlin_6webHow to Transfer a very very Large fish 101!

480lbs_marlin_8webWe needed the Crain to be able to lift the fish on board. You can see we have a fairly large crowd of Pina’s Bay people gathering on the ship to see the fish.


480lbs_marlin_10webJust a quick pic before the Pina’s Bay people fillet her up for lots and lots of families


Pinas_Dec_2013_8webSome of our on Lookers. We had over 20 people paddle over to the ship to get a glimpse of the enormous fish.

480lbs_marlin_27webEach chunck was HUGE…deffinatly a lot of hungry tummies will be full very soon!

480lbs_marlin_16webOne of our Boys Arie, helping out with the portion sizes.

480lbs_marlin_18webThe Canoes are parked and everyone is aboard the ship to see all of the action unfold.

480lbs_marlin_25webA Local Pina’s Bay man was in charge of the portion sizes. They even took the empty carcass at the end for soup.

Pinas_Dec_2013_47webAdam fights a Sailfish.

Pinas_Dec_2013_39webNice little Tuna

Pinas_Dec_2013_16webAdam Hooks into a nice Blue. Just minutes after his father, Art releases a Nice Blue himself.

Pinas_Dec_2013_17webNothing like a good fish fight in the rain!


art_marlin_1webJohnathan leaders the nice Blue Marlin….where are your leadering gloves Johnathan????



480lbs_marlin_31webThe beautiful Picaflor run’s home underneath a very impressive Rainbow.




Little Neighbours

Little Neighbours

The best part about anchoring the ship in Pina’s Bay, are all of the wonderful people that would paddle over to check us out. The Mama Nido became the hang out spot, the coolest place in the bay, the place where everyone wanted to be.  Not a day went by in our 20 something days at anchor where we didn’t have more than 3-10 different Little Neighbors all the time just hanging out. The kids would be hand lining for fish off of the back swim transom, everyone smiling and having a great time. Or swimming around the ship, laughing and giggling.

Every day after fishing, we would pull up to the Mama Nido and all eyes would be focused on our crew to see what they might pull out of their fish coolers. Our boys would often save extra pieces of Bonito or other fish, to give to our Little Neighbours, so they could use it for hand lining.

The back of the Mama Nido became a Canoe parking lot and a safe haven for people to congregate on when a big storm was rolling through.

 Here are some pictures of our Smiling Little Neighbours. We are headed back down to Pina’s Bay next week and I can’t wait to capture more of them!!!







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gary_carter_Blue_2013_83webHand Lining in the early Morning Hours


480lbs_marlin_2webWe unfortunately had a Blue Marlin die on us, but that one fish most likely fed over 20 families from Pina’s Bay.

480lbs_marlin_26webA whole group of our Little Neighbours, just hanging out!

pinasbay_4webThe Kids are pretty shy at first, but then they seem to love the camera!



Chasing Records
Chasing Records
The Hooker was nursing a broken Turbo Booster, so the beautiful Picaflor was to be our trusty ship for 9 days of Record Fishing with Gary Carter in Pinas, Panama.
With Captain Wade leading the charge, Gary and the Picaflor managed to raise 17 Blue Marlin, Caught 7,  broke 2 record fish off the line; and caught plenty of sailfish and Tuna. Even though he didn’t yet get his record on this trip, the fishing was hot and the Weather was a bit variable.  Gary was using light pound test line, 8lbs, 12lbs and 30lbs line. He was trying to get the 8lbs Blue Marlin Record, 12lbs Blue Record and 8lbs Dorado Record as well.
In the releases that Gary had, he managed to hook 2 different fish on 8lbs test line. Both fish were too small for the record of 315lbs, but he came close with both of the fish approximated weight around 280lbs or so.
Here is a Selection of Shots from our 9 Days of Fishing with Gary. Record Fishing was pretty neat to watch, the patience and skill it takes to be able to handle the fish is truly an art!


gary_carter_Blue_2013_82web30lbs Test Line, Nice 360lbs Blue Marlin
Nice Blue Marlin
gary_carter_Blue_2013_56webGary on 30lbs Test.
gary_carter_Blue_2013_60webNice Blue Marlin
gary_carter_Blue_2013_62webGary’s Captain from the SILVER-ROD-O, Yoan; tries his hand at leadering!
Taken from a remote camera on the Tower of the Picaflor.
The Picaflor got Her work out on this Marlin Fight!
Nice Blue Marlin smacking at the drop back bait.
We had this guy on 8bls test. The pictures later revealed that he wasn’t actually hooked. Just carrying the bait around with him.
Captain Yoan, ready for the Fish.
Bait Ball’s stacking up under the boat.
Yoan and Gary ready to Gaff in a nice Tuna! Gary using 8lbs Test Line and a Spinner Real.
Captain Wade Richardson, trying his hand at Leadering! Nice 200lbs Blue Marlin.
If you are looking to stay dry, then the back of the Picaflor is not for you!
Gary Taking a much needed Reeling Break.
Yoan, Trying to get us some bait!
Bait Ball’s are one of the coolest things to be able to photograph.
Hand Lining with Wade 101!
TUNA Frenzy!
Ligorio Showing off his Filleting skills!
The Man and General Badass!!
Nikon 105mm Micro

Nikon 105mm Micro

I went out today and purchased a used Nikon 105mm 2.8 Micro VR lens. I bought it primarily to use for Wedding Detail shots and some commercial shots, but after giving this lens a little test-drive today; I have decided that it could possibly be used for many other applications as well. Macro is just one of the many amazing uses.

This is by no means an official review and I won’t be posting 100% crops, because that just takes to much time and is tedious haha!

The feel of the lens is pretty amazing. It’s pretty beefy and has an incredibly sturdy feel to it. The Af-S on this camera is extremely accurate and quick. It does skip around a tad bit when you are extremely close to your subject, but it doesn’t skip around enough to make me crazy.

The sharpness of this lens is truly amazing, but I think my favorite part is the fact that you are not completely dedicated to shooting Macro. You could be shooting a very fine detail shot of your Bride & Groom’s Wedding rings and then all of a sudden without skipping a beat you can suddenly turn around and start snapping portraits as well. I am extremely happy to have added this to my kit and I know it will get lots of use!

Here are my not so interesting images, but I had fun shooting them and I guess that is what counts!!!! 😉

Nikon_105_Samples_Oct_24_201364_Finished_1webThis shot was taken at the closes focusing distance. 1ft or so. You have to stop down a bit in order to widen your depth of field otherwise hitting focus is a defiant fine line.



Nikon_105_Samples_Oct_24_201364_Finished_7webThe sharpness on this flower is really incredible.

Nikon_105_Samples_Oct_24_201364_Finished_2webNever Ending Fog here in Vancouver.






Well its been around 2 straight weeks of fog sitting over the beautiful city of Vancouver, but today the sun finally came through and the fog dropped low enough to get some nice shots of Downtown Vancouver.  The sun was setting and I headed out to start shooting. The shots where taken on a Nikon D800 with a 70-200 2.8 VR 2.

I stitched together a couple of Pano’s using Autopano Pro. Super easy amazing program that doesn’t make your computer churn as much as when trying to process large files in Photoshop.

Here are some of the shots that I got.



As the Sun set’s behind Vancouver Island, you can just see the Lighthouse at Lighthouse Park clearing from underneath the fog.


City of downtown and finally be spotted after almost 2 straight weeks of Fog Cover.


West Vancouver’s shore line has not seen the sun in weeks!


Landscape shot of the city


Sun setting behind Vancouver Island. The ships in the Straight of Georgia have been sounding their fog horns non-stop!


19 image Pano Stitch—Keep Scrolling to the right on the picture to see the whole Pano. Or click the image to enlarge it.