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Hi, I am a lifelong fisherman and have cast a line around the Pacific Ocean waters. I live in New Zealand (just right of Australia). My home is in Napier on the east coast of the North Island.
I have tried all types of fishing and worked as a fishing guide at Lake Taupo for many years. I really enjoy sharing my fishing with others, new comers and experts alike. I have had ten books on fishing published which is one way to spread the word. I have represented New Zealand at the World Fly Fishing Championships in Wyoming USA, and the Salmon Fishing World Championships in Vancouver island in Canada. I host trips to Christmas Island (south of Hawaii) to fish for bonefish, Giant Trevally and a number of other species including sailfish and tuna. I am a keen fly fisher and have, and have had several New Zealand and world records fly fishing. The outstanding one which has since been defeated was for a Mako Shark of 53lb on an 8lb tippet.
At home my chosen sport these days is surfcasting. Taking my 4 wheeel drive up a lonely beach and camping out overnight is the greatest experience. We have a number of species of fish here including Trevally. Snapper, kahawai, kingfish (yellowtail), gurnard and moki. All these, and others, love Fishbites! I am learning fast how effective these baits are. Most species respond well to Fishbites fished in a similar way to pompano fishing in the US.
The exciting thing here is that Fishbites are unknown and introducing Fishbites to new anglers is a thrill. For them and me.
Sean Lawless, known better for his YouTube Channel “The Lawless Tide”, was born and raised in landlocked Tulsa, Oklahoma. He didn’t make his first trip to Florida until 2017 and before that trip was over he and his family decided to move to Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Sean immediately fell in love with saltwater fishing and it became somewhat of an obsession. He has worked hard in his 5 years vacationing here learning the different techniques it takes to catch a variety of species from land, kayak and offshore. In 2021 Sean retired from the Fire Department and made the move permanent. Early on in his Saltwater excursions Sean began to document his adventures through his YouTube channel “The Lawless Tide”. To our knowledge it is the only Saltwater fishing channel ran from Oklahoma in YouTube history. Now that he permanently resides in Florida, Sean is able to get on the water 5-6 days a week and produce content at much greater pace. Sean loves all types of Saltwater fishing but his favorite is Kayak Fishing. Sean says “You get such a personal experience with the ocean when only have a small piece of plastic between you and the water and everything that swims beneath”. With that said, Sean does it all from Surf Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Bridge Fishing, Pier Fishing, Offshore or Inshore Fishing. Sean loves it all!! From catching Pompano on the beach to Black Fin Tuna in his kayak and Bonita off the jetties, Sean YouTube channel shows his viewers everything Florida’s fishery has to offer. Be sure to check him out and follow his adventures!
Para Ou aka the “Cambodian Angler” grew up in California targeting Largemouth Bass. At 14 years old he moved to Massachusetts and continued fishing the freshwater for Large Mouth Bass in the local reservoirs. After placing placed 1st and second place 2 years straight fishing a Youth Back to School Bass tournament in Lynn, Mass he was hooked. Para followed those wins up with a 1st place finish 4 times out of a 16 week season fishing local largemouth Bass tournaments. It was fishing for bass that Para fell in love with throwing artificial lures. He moved to Florida when turned 21 and has spent the last 20 years targeting Flounder, Pompano Sheepshead and Redfish in the Jacksonville area. Para is a local legend and runs the North Florida Inshore Slayers group on Facebook. This grassroots organization puts on several events throughout the year in an effort to keep anglers engaged with each other throughout the year. Kids are always welcome so check them out if you’re in the NE Florida area and are looking to get involved with the local fishing community.