2022: A Year in Fish

What a year 2022 has been. let’s take a recap of some the the fish and amazing waters and guides I fished with, from my home waters of South Florida, Biscayne Bay and the Everglades to Alaska! This year I took 17 guided fishing trips and spent more than $13,000 just on fishing guides (not including any travel, gear, etc.).

2022 saw a lot of personal bests and new species added as well as new waters fished and explored.

See end of post for list of fishing guides.

A Year of Personal Bests / Firsts

  • Rainbow trout – personal best 28 inches on Kenai River, Alaska
  • Halibut – first time catching in Homer, AK
  • Salmon – first time catching in Homer, AK
  • Rockfish – first time catching in Homer, AK
  • Arctic grayling -first time catching on Chena river, AK
  • Peacock bass – personal best, 6 1/4 pounds in Florida
  • Bonefish – all time high single day, 5 for 6 bones
  • Mutton Snapper – personal best, 15 pounds

Waters Fished in 2022 (*new)

  • Biscyane National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Offshore Miami
  • Miami canals
  • St. Marks River, Florida*
  • Kenai River, Alaska*
  • Toolik lake, Alaska*
  • Montana Creek, Alaska*
  • Denali National Park, Alaska*
  • Chena River, Alaska*
  • Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, Alaska*
  • Middle Fork Koyukuk river, Alaska*

25 Different Species Caught

Here’s list of the gamefish and sports fish I caught during 2022, not inclusive of several species such as baitfish, invasive species, etc. Al in all, 24 different gamefish both salt and freshwater!

Saltwater gamefish:

  • Barracuda
  • Bluefish
  • blue runners
  • Bonefish
  • Halibut
  • Jack crevile
  • King salmon
  • Ladyfish
  • Lemon sharks
  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Rockfish
  • Sailfish
  • Sea trout
  • Sheepshead
  • Snappers (mutton and mangrove)
  • Tarpon
  • Yellow Eye (rockfish)

Freshwater gamefish

  • Arctic grayling
  • Dolly varden
  • Florida gar
  • Largemouth bass
  • Peacock bass
  • Rainbow trout

Funny Moments

From falling into every river and one lake in Alaska, dropping (most) fish during the photo op to watching a stingray literally take off with my guide’s expensive outfit in Biscyane National park , this was a funny year.

surprising catch of the year:

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The scariest moments

The scariest moments were being attacked by a pair of mating (angry) arctic terns in Denali and underwater shark footage of a caught lemon shark. see videos here:

Fishing Guides

The following guides I have fished with and highly recommend.

Florida Guides

Alaska Guides

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