Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Finding Redfish - FL Field Notes... Sort of...


As you can probably imagine, working on the road nine or ten months a year almost exclusively doing bigfooting can really throw one's life a little out of balance. I do so much more than just bigfoot stuff, or at least I used to... When I get a chance to do any of my non-bigfooting hobbies, I grab the opportunity to escape my bigfoot bubble for a few minutes.

I was recently in Orlando, FL doing a speaking engagement for FLIR, so on my day off I called an old friend who recently moved to the area from the Pacific Northwest. His name is Darrin, and he was my manager at Angler's Tackle Box, my very first job back in 1986 in Seal Beach, CA.

Darrin now works for American Tackle, the second largest fishing rod component supplier in the world, so any chance to hang with my buddy is a chance to do some fishing. Florida is renown for its fishing, so I knew I was in for a treat.

Below is the article Darrin published in his blog about our morning spent together:

Cliff Barackman kayak fishing in Mosquito Lagoon, FL.

The MicroWave interest ranges far and wide. Cliff Barackman from Animal Planet's hit TV show, "Finding Big Foot" spent time in Florida's Mosquito Lagoon "finding red fish."

Cliff, an angler and custom rod builder, heard about the MicroWave Line Control System and wanted to experience it for himself. In between location shoots he arranged a meeting at American Tackle's FL headquarters and was hosted to MWG testing in the field for red drum.

Cliff is an accomplished musician and teacher by trade but has also been a dedicated Sasquatch field researcher for the past two decades. Known throughout the Sasquatch scientific community for his extended expeditions, he's been known to spend over 200 days a year in the field. Over the years he has managed to gather data supporting the hypothesis that Sasquatches are an undiscovered species of great ape that walks bipedal-ly and lives in North America. His adventures found him participating in several TV shows, attracting Discovery-Animal Planet's attention leading to his current role in that channel's 3rd highest rated TV show to date. Though finding and documenting data is a goal of Cliff's research, it is not the primary goal. The process of bigfooting is plain fun!

Cliff with a decent red drum. They get a lot bigger than this!

Click here to read the rest of the article.

1 comment:

  1. MY neck of the woods! Mosquito Lagoon is one of my favorite places in the world and redfish are SO much fun to catch. Although a day on the water in the Lagoon is worth it even if you don't get any.

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