Welcome to the quest.

The world record shoal bass is 8 lbs and 12 ozs and was caught on October 27 1977 in the Apalachicola River Florida. It has only been in the past few years that it has been targeted specifically by river fisherman with the rising popularity of kayak fishing.
A few years ago I discovered kayak fishing and decided to make the shoal bass my my main focus. It was even more recently that I was approached by a fellow kayak angler that was interested in making a film about the hunt for the world record shoal bass which sparked my interest greatly and spawned the creation of this blog. The hunt for this record fish has since become the focus of all of my fishing activities. I now target the shoal bass exclusively. I was recently asked by a fellow angler if I thought I really had a chance at catching a world record ? My reply.. Well my chances are are as good as yours or any body else but if I do YOU are damn sure gonna hear about it. I would like to dedicate this blog and my efforts to Philip (Swampthang) Mays who is the first person to ever take me on a kayak trip down the river for shoal bass and started this addiction that I love so much. Phil left this world recently for a better place. He was a true sportsman and will be deeply missed. Thank you Phil.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Where do you find your peace in the world ?

I find mine on the river in places like these.

There is something special about launching your kayak in the early morning hours on a cool
crisp spring morning when there is a early  fog rising off the water and all you can hear is the sound of the flowing water and nature waking up around you to greet the day. This is where I find my peace and that is just where I plan to be tomorrow morning. My happy place. A place where I can clear my mind and enjoy
this beautiful world that we live in. I may catch a fish or two or maybe not but that does not matter. What matters most of all to me is being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and the craziness  that surrounds us.

Kayak fishing has afforded me the opportunity to go and see places that most people will never see or experience and also to meet people that I would otherwise have never met. I have met and enjoyed the company of some of the greatest people that share this love of the great outdoors all over the southeast that I now call my friends.

As I write this my kayak and gear is loaded, the cameras are charged and my lunch and coffee pot
are made and ready. Its been way to long since I have been on the river and I am so looking forward
to launching my boat in the morning and paddling off into a world of solitude. The weather is questionable
with a 50 % chance of rain and thunder showers which means I have a 50 % chance of having a good day or bad and that perfectly fine with me. Hey the fish are already wet anyway right ? I hope to post a great fishing report tomorrow night but if not I will certainly be posting a report of my day  of peace and solitude on the river.

I leave you with this picture of a beautiful spider lily. A site that you will only see on a very few rivers.
Just one example of the beauty that I experience on every trip.

Wish me luck tomorrow my friends and I hope you all find your peace in this world.
Fish on !!!


  1. There really is nothing like it when it's just you, the water, and nature! As a city person myself, it's really a relief whenever I get a chance to enjoy nature!

    Where do you go fishing? I looked around a little but didn't find any mention of where. Keep the great posts coming, and good luck on breaking the record!

  2. Hope your day went well Jon. I find peace in the same kind of spots like you do, I can even get skunked, and it doesn't even bother me. It's just great to be out there. Thanks for letting us be a part of your world.