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Ron Mc
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fishing for the camera

Post by Ron Mc » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:37 pm

Jimbo and I got to work with Kevin Townsend and The KT Diaries production team last week, filming a show on Guadalupe bass conservation.
They filmed a day at the Johnson Creek Hatchery, and another stocking fingerlings on the South Llano.
They asked me to take KT fishing, first day catching our Texas brook trout in their home water, and the second, getting some bigger fish on the camera for "viewers".
Jimbo came along for those two days, as well, and he managed to get a few photos and videos for us - albeit at distance.
Jimbo also did a great job providing fly boxes and advice, rounding out our ability to keep KT on fish.
Kevin is a famous tarpon guide out of Port O, has produced this show for a few years, and is used to killing a dozen rods every year on 200-lb. fish.
But he laughed and giggled all day catching endemic Guadalupe bass and long-ear sunfish in their natural habitat.
Here are KT and me getting in at our undisclosed location
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Nice thing was, I walked up and caught the first fish, right where I said it would be.
Our Guadalupe of the day was a 15-incher, a lunker for an endemic bass, and Craig, our US Marine camerman, got some good close-up shots. (we did give him a workout for the day.)
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fish live here
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KT got several Guads for the camera walking into the chute and pool on the right
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and a few more at this tailout
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going downriver, with my southpaw and Kevin's wrong-hand-wind, we gravitated toward left bank (him) and right bank (me)
Kevin is behind those trees catching fish
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here they taking close-up video of the markings on a long-ear sunfish
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in the next fast run through a cypress tunnel, KT told me water this fast in the Rockies wouldn't hold trout
I told him just to keep up the roll-cast-and-swing and the ruts in the dolomite would get him a couple of fish
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and they did
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getting late in the day, but this is where Kevin was laughing - catching fish after fish on Jimbo's popper
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last chute (shoot) of the day
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next day, up early in the dark for our big fish shoot on an undisclosed aquifer recharge creek
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I told you guys Jimbo could do it
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oops, sorry - wrong show
OK, this is the right place, umm, except Kevin is wearing the wrong hat - 5 minute break guys, while Erin runs for the right hat
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we only needed a couple of big fish for the camera, and this is sight-fishing in gin-clear water
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4794.mp4
to some big persnickety largemouths who have seen it all
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http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4798.mp4
glorious water
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my turn
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4802.mp4
Great shot, Jimbo!
I think they had all they needed, but now we're in to gratuitous fish-catching
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4808.mp4
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4819.mp4
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4811.mp4
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v728/ ... GP4816.mp4
filming the release underwater
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the view off the dam
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winding down for the morning
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While we had fished for 10 on the previous day, we got everything we needed in 2 hours on this day.
It was great to be a part of it.
Thanks to Mick and Gary Garrett of TPWD for getting us involved - what we got out of it was a promise of a tarpon trip with KT, and I'm sure we will take him up on it.
But we also got a chance to tell the story of endemic Guadalupe bass and their conservation to a wider fishing audience.
Great times.

Unfortunately, KT Diaries doesn't air in San Antonio, but it should air in a few months in Austin, DFW and Houston.
Last edited by Ron Mc on Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:48 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: fishing for the camera

Post by Alex Argyros » Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:55 pm

Sounds like you had a great time while doing something that will contribute to the viability of our native bass fshery. Not a bad combination.

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Re: fishing for the camera

Post by Jimbo Roberts » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:38 pm

It was fun being the guy behind the guy with the camera.
KT is a funny guy and a story teller that can rival anyone, even me!
On the first day we were talking about this and that and KT had talked about the Cicadas and how important they were on the Green River back in Utah where he guided for years. I picked up one of our Texas sized Cicadas and handed it to KT. He examined it, wondering if it was a 13, 15, or 17 year variety, and talked about the importance of Big Bugs for the fish. Then he took the wings off and proceeded to eat it whole on camera. He said that he eats some of the Native insects in all the rivers he fishes. He is working on eating insects in all 50 states. He mentioned that it was a little salty. We were all gagging and laughing at the same time.
Jimbo

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