Fishing with photographer Sam Root July 10 & 11

After being able to successfully target these schools of tailing redfish lately it has attracted a lot of attention from local anglers including long time friend and photographer Sam Root. Sam has established himself as one of the premier photographers in not just the Tampa Bay area but all of salt water fishing in the south eastern United States.

So, on Thursday we decided to launch our kayaks into Tampa Bay, dodging thunder storms, in pursuit of the tailing redfish schools I have been finding. It did not take long for us to be on fish and the cameras to come out. The emphasis was not on catching the fish as much as it was on getting good photos.

Thursday went so well, we decided to give it another go on Friday. Much like the day before (and every day this week) we were on the fish in short order. Again, much like the day before out came the cameras and so on… The lighting was not as good Friday evening but we were still able to accomplish what we had come for. Sam even busted out the fly rod and was able to catch a couple redfish on fly. As for me, my fish were caught on my stand by Slayer Inc SSB (sinister stick bait) in the pepper death color rigged weedless.

Enjoy the pics, and be sure to check out Sam’s work and blog at This is just a sneak peak of what else is to come!

July 10 tailing redfish 2 July 10 tailing redfish 3

July 11 sam root fly redfish

July 11 redfish

July 11 sunset


By Spencer Goodwin

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