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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.
“Capt ” Randy made the permanent move south to Palm City, Florida, six years ago. Randy joins his Dad, “Capt” Paul Sperco on our pro staff. He spent many of his younger years fishing with Paul and catching bluefish, striped bass, fluke, and seabass on the inshore grounds off of Brielle, N.J. As he got older he expanded his fishing area to the canyons 70 to 100 miles off of New Jersey and targeted bluefin, yellowfin, and longfin albacore on overnight trips , both trolling and chunking for these gamefish. Randy now spends his days and nights pursuing and catching snook, bluefish, spanish mackerel, tarpon, and big jack crevalle from the bridges and catwalks in the Jensen Beach area. His main love is fishing the surf, like his Dad, and he has become an expert surf angler along the beach accesses in St. Lucie and Martin counties along the Treasure Coast. Pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, tarpon, snook, bonefish, and permit are all included on his catch list. He has also become a presenter and contributor on the seminar circuit with his father and is also guiding and doing surf charters in his local area.
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!
Growing up in upstate New York and moving around a lot as a kid, Paul learned to fish for local species that ranged from brook trout in mountain streams to big fluke in the marshes of coastal New England. After graduating high school, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy which provided the ability to fish around the world. Paul finished his college education after being discharged from the Navy, earning a degree in Computer Science. This led to a long career in programming and technical implementation of embedded firmware in both military applications and consumer products.
Paul continued to fish as a weekender and on vacations, but the desire to fish full-time was a strong force that had to be dealt with. Paul took to being on his own boats which led to many adventures from dense fog encounters, stormy seas, and island camping. Paul later signed up with Sea School and earned his 50 ton OUPV Master’s license. After outfitting a brand new boat, Paul left his “day job” to become a full time charter captain in St. Augustine, Florida. 10 years of offshore charters made many locals and visitors quite happy with their offshore excursions. Paul was a force to be reckoned with during offshore blue-water tournaments having won first and third place trophies in local tournaments. Now retired, Paul is taking on a new challenge with surf fishing and inshore fishing aboard his 14’ Jon boat, named the Mud Minnow II.
Paul has always been an advocate to social media groups and friends, and shares his knowledge with anyone who seeks feedback and guidance. From tying rigs to gear selections, hunting fish to outfitting kayaks and small boats, Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is here for the taking. Follow Paul’s prowess for fun and adventure on his “Inshore Headshakers” YouTube channel, and read about his experiences in life in his published auto-biography “Fishing as I Lived It”.
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.
Alex was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida and started saltwater fishing around the age of 15. He got his first kayak at 16 that was made for riding waves. Kayaks weren’t built for fishing yet, Alex had to convert his yak into a fishing machine through multiple iterations of wood and PVC modifications for rod holders and equipment storage. Alex mainly used his kayak for exploring skinny creeks, only accessible by paddling, hunting for redfish. Alex became obsessed with targeting reds from sight fishing in the grass flats at a flood tide to stalking them deep in the creeks. Alex is now part of the Kaku fishing team and rides a 12.5’ Wahoo, built for inshore fishing. Fishbites Fight Club series is Alex’s go to for artificial lures.
From Alex’s experience, redfish seem to spook easier and are pickier when it comes to artificial presentation when deep back in a quiet creek. “I mainly resorted to live bait when fishing creeks as I saw reds turning down many varieties of lures, until I started throwing the 5” Brawler. These scented jerk baits seem to work really, well for the picky red as well as all inshore species”.
Alex took his obsession to the next level and began tournament fishing in 2017. His redfish obsession has helped him win and place in many big-name inshore kayak and boat tournaments. Before a big tournament Alex stalks up on his favorite Fight Club lures from the 5” Brawler in the “Knock Out” color to the 4” Butt Kicker paddle tail in “Throw Down”.
Nick is a San Diego-based surf fishing guide, content creator, and writer at Surf Fishing In So Cal. Having a strong passion for fishing and limited local options (or so he thought), he eventually discovered surf fishing and never turned back.
Since 2015, Nick has been fishing the surf atleast 60 days out of the year with the vast majority of those days in the summer months. What intrigues him the most is the possibility of catching literally anything at any given time. “It’s just so exciting” he says, “it’s a mystery every time… you literally never know for certain what you might catch”.
The first time this concept really resonated with him was during his first year fishing the surf. Using a standard Carolina-rig for light tackle surf fishing, Nick hooked a leopard shark in the 5 foot range. After fighting it for nearly 35 minutes, he caught a glimpse just before it snapped off.
That fish had a lasting impact on him. He became a student of the surf, learning new pieces of knowledge and gaining valuable experience every session. He modified his set ups accordingly and since then, has been continuously dialing in both light-tackle and heavy-tackle surf fishing. He is now local guide helping other students of the surf to follow in his passion.
Even after half a decade of pounding the surf, the concept still rings true today. On a recent guided session, one of Nick’s clients landed an unofficial record yellowtail from the surf at 53.5 lbs! Just goes to show, whether it’s light-line or not, you never know what you’re going to get.”