Jumping fish

I thought it would be cool to show a rapid-fire sequence of one of these mad golden dorado jumping clean out of the water. They tend to jump big time when hooked, and a lot of the time they also manage to throw your lure back at you with a certain degree of "better luck next time". This is seriously tough stuff to photograph, indeed you end up with loads of duff frames, but working with really competent guides makes it far easier. I used my Canon 70-200 f4L IS lens to take these photos, and worked on tracking the yellow braid in the water and trying to watch for the angle changing suddenly as the fish went to jump. Shutter speeds had to be at least 1/1000 plus to stand any chance of freezing the movement, and I dialled in +1/3 exposure compensation to allow for the darker water behind - isn't digital great ? Instant feedback is just so useful.

Remember that there are a load more photos from my golden dorado trip here, so take a bit of time to check out some of the world's most intense freshwater fishing. There are only two operators in the UK and Europe who can get you in to fish here, either the Latin American Fishing Company, or Aardvark McLeod - I can highly recommend both.

My mate Graham Hill over in south east Ireland has emailed me to tell me that he had just taken his first two lure caught bass of the year, on 29th Feb - that is seriously early. The successful lure was once again the lethal sub surface Maria Chase BW in holographic silver, and you can get them here. I can not talk highly enough of these lures, but make sure to wind them fast to get them moving properly, and jerk that rod tip frequently to impart extra movement. I can't wait for bass fishing to kick in properly, but in the meantime, there are a load of photos here to help keep you going.

Gerhard from the South Africa based FlyCastaway has emailed me to tell me that the ultra-remote Seychelles atoll Providence is fishing its proverbial socks off, and the other day they landed a dogtooth tuna, on the fly, with a tail fork of 180cms - I dread to think how big that is, and they also lost a black marlin. Another marlin estimated at over 800lbs then moved into the spread and trashed the teasers. The remote Seychelles is utterly off the scale in fishing terms - there are plenty of photos all over my website, mainly on these pages here and here. If you want the best, contact International Fly Fishing Specialists Aardvark McLeod about trips out there.